Amazon doubles the overtime pay for warehouse workers

A worker loads customer orders into a tractor-trailer waiting inside the million-square-foot Amazon distribution warehouse, opened last fall in Fall River, MA on March 23, 2017.

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Amazon has said that its hourly wages double for its employees who work overtime in its U.S. warehouses as demand continues to grow because of the coronavirus.

“All hourly workers working in the United States’ operating network will receive twice their regular hourly rate for each hour of overtime worked in a working week,” Amazon said in a statement to CNBC. “This temporary increase in overtime is in effect from March 15, 2020 and will continue until May 9, 2020.”

Reuters was the first to report the news.

Amazon said hourly workers will qualify for double pay after 40 hours.

The announcement follows a similar Monday, when the e-commerce giant raised the hourly membership fee from $ 15 to $ 17, which will remain in effect until the end of April.

In addition, the e-commerce giant said it plans to hire 100,000 warehouse workers and delivery workers in the United States in the midst of a wave of online orders following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Amazon has encouraged people whose jobs have been lost or fired as a result of the massive closure of restaurants and shops due to the outbreak.

“We want those people to know that we welcome them into our teams until things get back to normal and their previous employer will be able to bring them back,” Amazon said in a statement Monday.

On Thursday, Amazon temporarily closed one of its warehouses in Queens, New York, after a warehouse worker had tested positive for coronavirus. It was the first known case of an Amazon warehouse worker in the United States. Five Amazon workers in Europe contracted the disease.

On March 15, Amazon warned customers that its out of stock of some popular consumer products amid the dramatic increase in orders and some delivery times will be longer than usual.

Earlier this month, Amazon also advised its global employees that they are able to work from home to do so until the end of the month. It will also provide up to two weeks of pay to all employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed in quarantine, with immediate effect.


Lidl has 400 stores and warehouses across Ireland – and pays the living wage of € 12.30

Lidl is looking to fill 400 jobs across Ireland due to “unprecedented customer demand” following the coronavirus epidemic.

The roles will be in stores and warehouses across the country and new staff will receive a living wage of € 12.30 an hour.

The supermarket giant is looking for workers with experience in retail, catering or hospitality who may have lost their jobs in the past few days.

JP Scally, Managing Director, Lidl Ireland said: “These are not the usual circumstances in which we hope to welcome new people to our team.

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“However, we take our responsibility to feed the nation very seriously.

“We want to ensure that our front-line team is supported in every way possible, which means hiring additional team members during this difficult time to help us continue to provide food and supplies to communities across the country.”

Applicants are encouraged to visit the reseller’s website to apply.


Britney Spears detonated bullies online for criticizing her swimsuit photos – 21-Mar-2020

In a long Instagram post, he wrote: “I have read many things online of people who criticize my posts …. saying that I publish the same 15 photos with the same red background and I am wearing the same white swimsuit.

“For me I’m really excited about my posts …. and I like to share them with all of you !!!! I’ve never owned a white swimsuit before and I just liked the red background !!!!

“Reading all the petty comments really hurts my feelings … and I wanted to share why you really shouldn’t be saying all these bad things to someone you don’t know (sic)”

The 38-year-old star asked people to “be kind” to each other as the world is facing the coronavirus pandemic.

He added: “This applies to anyone’s bullying really !!!!!! Difficult times like the ones we are living in should really teach us to be kind to each other (sic)”

Meanwhile, Britney has also apologized to followers “offended” by the photos she posted on horses – which appear to have been deleted.

He continued: “I saw some people offended by me posting on horses yesterday …. I’m really sorry if I offended someone.

“I think it’s important to see things that bring happiness during difficult times and shedding light on a situation can sometimes help people !!!! I love you all …. stay safe …. and be nice !!! !! (sic) “

Britney – who previously called bullies – previously revealed she had “self-esteem issues”.

He explained: “Body language is everything! The way you speak and take yourself can affect your mood …

“I have self-esteem issues, so I bend over … These poses help me get stronger every day and it’s fun enough to do it. I feel so different every time I do it, because I’m not used to the feeling that my back is out ! !!! (sic) “


Most Utahns do not have earthquake insurance. Will the Magna earthquake change this?

SALT LAKE CITY – Last month, Matt Gephardt of KSL TV investigated whether earthquake insurance is worth the investment for homeowners in Utah.

His question turned out to be premonitory.

After Wednesday’s 5.7 earthquake in Magna, which shocked Utah’s largest urban center, many homeowners will consider again: is earthquake insurance right for me?

Earthquake insurance, which is not part of standard homeowners’ policies, even in areas prone to earthquakes, may seem like a big investment for a low probability event. Deductibles are often higher than average policies because the risk is not spread among the population, but rather concentrated in specific areas. They typically range from 5% to 20%, according to the Utah insurance department, which can leave homeowners hooked for thousands even with insurance.

But go through a catastrophic earthquake without it and you may find insurance that offers no assistance.

“Utah is on the Wasatch Fault, which is an area at risk,” said Carole Walker, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. “So this is a wake-up call that Utah residents should at least consider purchasing separate seismic insurance, or make their policy available when available.”

Utah Insurance Department Commissioner Todd E. Kiser said that seismic insurance is becoming cheaper, especially for some homes.

“If your house is a structure, earthquake insurance is quite reasonable. It’s not very expensive,” said Kiser. “… it takes much longer to break down a wooden building than a brick building.”

It is important, Kiser said, to ask questions when purchasing seismic insurance: not only how the construction of the house will affect the premium, but also what each policy specifically covers. For example, he said, many seismic policies do not cover floods or landslides, even when that landslide follows an earthquake.

“If you live on a hill and are worried that the earthquake might shake the ground and make it unstable … and then you are worried about the collapse of the hill, that product is also available.”

He warned that Utahns buys and compares coverage between different companies and agents. “I would advise them to talk to several agents and ask those difficult questions,” said Kiser.

He also reminded residents to catalog their belongings so that they can demonstrate to insurance companies what they have lost in the event of a natural disaster.

Fabio Faschi, property and casualty manager, Policygenius manager, said that earthquake insurance could be “more difficult to evaluate” in Utah than, for example, in California, where earthquakes are more frequent.

“It will always be difficult for you to see the value of insurance until, unfortunately, a claim occurs,” said Faschi. “And that’s just the nature of the beast, right? Nobody wants to pay for their insurance until you have to use it. And an important thing in terms of evaluation is figuring out what will cover you.”

He said most seismic insurances will help not only with home repairs, but with replacing personal belongings and temporary life arrangements. The key, he said, is that customers “understand what they are getting” and evaluate the risk accordingly.

“I can never look at the price of an anti-seismic insurance policy and say” Oh, it’s too expensive, “said Faschi.

At Insurance Information Institute, spokeswoman Janet Ruiz said that earthquake insurance may be “a big investment”, but that “it may not be as expensive as you think”.

“So my encouragement is always to find out,” said Ruiz. “Maybe it’s completely convenient, and it’s a good thing.”

He said Utahns should not only consider insurance, but also think about adjusting older houses against earthquakes, which in turn could lower insurance premiums. “My encouragement is always to think about insuring your home financially because it’s often your biggest asset,” he said. “And it’s worth every penny, if you have damage after an earthquake, to be able to rebuild it.”

It is worth noting that the policies of standard homeowners may not cover an earthquake, but will usually cover a fire that may break out after one. In addition, insurers consider the initial earthquake and subsequent three days of aftershocks as a single event (which is why Utahns cannot purchase a policy at this time while the event continues); subsequent shocks require a second complaint, with another deductible.

However, Walker said he hopes other Utahns will consider seismic insurance in the days and weeks ahead.

“While it may not happen today or tomorrow,” Walker said, “we all want to think that the unthinkable will never happen. However, there is a seismic risk, as we saw yesterday (Wednesday).”

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Kanye West wants to help Caitlyn Jenner integrate into the Kardashian family again – 18-Mar-2020

A source said: “Kanye has always been a big supporter of Caitlyn and was one of the first people she said to before the transition, helping Kim accept him and even giving fashion advice to Cait. Kim and Caitlyn came across the ‘another in a doctor’s office months ago and ended up reconnecting and clearing the air, but tensions have still been strained between Caitlyn and Kris, Khloe and Kourtney, so Kanye has tried to mediate between them and help to bring Caitlyn back into the fold. urged Kris and the girls to open their hearts and try to leave the past behind – if only for Kendall and Kylie, who are stuck in the middle. “

The 42-year-old rapper organized a “secret meeting” with Caitlyn and his family.

An insider added to the Sunday Mirror newspaper: “Kanye has invited Caitlyn to their home to go out with the kids, and has now organized a secret meeting in which he asked the rest of the family to attend. Kanye has promised to do whatever he can. bring them all together. “

In the meantime, Caitlyn previously revealed that “it wouldn’t change anything” from her past.

When asked what he would say to his younger self, he said, “Honestly, I wouldn’t change anything. Yes, there have been many fights – the 80s were the worst. I lived in a house for six years in my thirties and I cut myself off from the world. I was going to try to pass before I was 40, but I got to 39 and I couldn’t do it. It wasn’t the time for me personally or in society. Then, five months later, after I had decided that I had to go back in life, I met Kris [Jenner] and we’ve been together for 23 years, we’ve raised a big family and had two more children. I don’t regret it. “


Massachusetts Coronavirus cases rise to 218 – NBC Boston

The total number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts is up to 218, public health officials said Tuesday after it had arrived at 197 the day before.

Massachusetts is one of the states in the United States with the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country so far. While nobody died from the virus locally, more than 70 people died nationwide.

Severe restrictions on daily life have been ordered, including the canceled school, the limits on gathering in groups and eating in restaurants, while the state struggles to mitigate the spread of the deadly pandemic.

Earlier Tuesday, Governor Charlie Baker said Massachusetts faces “tough days ahead” and has torn down rumors that residents have been ordered to take refuge on the spot.

President Donald Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force gave updates on the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, urging people to follow the CDC guidelines for at least 15 days and to act very cautiously. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin later announced a tax deferral of the IRS for those who are liable to pay taxes.

For days, most Massachusetts cases represented in the Department of Public Health numbers were related to an employee meeting held by the local biotechnology company Biogen at a hotel in downtown Boston. But it is no longer so: Tuesday’s data show 102 people linked to the meeting directly or through members of their family.

Thirty-three cases were found to be transmitted locally and 24 related to travel, according to the numbers. Another 59 remain under investigation.

Someone has coronavirus in at least 10 of the state’s 14 counties.

Eighty-nine cases were in County Middlesex, 43 in Norfolk, 42 ​​in Suffolk, 14 in Berkshire, eight in Worcester and Essex, five in Bristol and Plymouth, two in Barnstable and one in Hampden. Another case has not yet been traced to a location.

Twenty-one cases have so far been confirmed as in need of hospitalization, while 52 remain under investigation and 145 people have not needed to go to hospital.

Many officials cited the phrase “flatten the curve” while seriously reducing public events. An infectious disease expert explained what it means and why it is crucial for the public health system.

The haste to limit social activity across the nation is an attempt to prevent the virus from spreading so quickly that it overwhelms hospital intensive care units, which places like Wuhan, China and Italy have seen.


More and more factories close in the corona crisis

Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Stuttgart At the annual press conference on Tuesday, the board of directors of the Volkswagen-Considerably striving to keep a distance from each other – just as the experts recommend in times of the global corona pandemic. VW boss Herbert Diess separated from his colleagues about two meters when he announced a temporary production stop for most of the group’s plants in Europe. The journalists were only connected via the Internet anyway.

“In view of the currently significantly deteriorated sales situation and the emerging uncertainty regarding the supply of parts to our factories, there will also be production interruptions at the locations of our brands,” Diess told the journalists.

Whether at VW in Wolfsburg, at Audi in Ingolstadt or Porsche in Zuffenhausen: From Thursday evening, all bikes are expected to be idle for two to three weeks. The corona virus has thus reached the heart of German industrial production.

A little later moved Daimler to. Because of the worsening crisis, the carmaker plans to interrupt most of its production and work in selected administrative areas in Europe for two weeks, Daimler announced late Tuesday afternoon. The interruption affects the company’s European car, van and commercial vehicle plants and will start this week. If necessary, the measure would also be extended.

Like VW and Daimler, many companies are currently asking themselves how long they can continue to operate in the face of increasing restrictions in public life. Because it is not just the expected disruptions in the supply chains, after production in many other countries such as Italy and China has temporarily come to a standstill.

Employees are also protesting more and more violently: While colleagues in the office have often been in the home office for days, the production workforce is still at risk.

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of German machine builders expect restrictions from the corona crisis. (Source: VDMA)

At VW, works council chief Bernd Osterloh apparently did not want to accept this injustice anymore – and he cleared his anger in a letter. “The colleagues no longer see why, without a clear announcement and without clear words from management, they should risk a few hundred cars more being infected, which they may sooner or later carry home to their families,” says it in the letter that is in the Handelsblatt. “We works councils share this view and have therefore made it clear to the board what the team thinks of this two-tier company.”

In addition to the disrupted supply chains, the increasingly stringent hygiene regulations in production obviously also pose problems for many companies. Because in some cases, the employees have to work together, for example when assembling in a small space. The protection recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, which had raised the danger to the German population to “high” on Tuesday, could not be followed in this way, Osterloh also criticized in his letter.

For the Group’s employees, the production stop could mean short-time work. There is no plan yet to what extent state support can be used, said CEO Diess. The current issue is to shut down the plants in Germany and Europe in an orderly fashion. This is done “in close coordination with the works council”.

The plant in Zwickau, where the first copies of the new ID.3 electric car are being produced, is currently particularly important for Volkswagen. Diess was convinced that the cars would be finished in summer as announced. “Production is well planned,” he said.

Everyone reckons with restrictions

VW and Daimler are not the only carmakers to react to the corona crisis in this way: Opel will also temporarily cease operations from Tuesday. Due to the weak demand for the Insignia limousine, Rüsselsheim had been working in single-shift operation for months, now the belts will remain inactive until March 27. The same applies to the component plant in Kaiserslautern and the SUV production in Eisenach.

Parallel to the assembly stop, Opel wants to send thousands of employees on short-time work. “We have started talking to the social partners and the employment agency about short-time work,” says an internal circular from the Opel management to the workforce. “The corona crisis is worsening,” the management explains the move. The duration, scope and headcount of the notified short-time working arrangements are still open.

BMW wants to continue producing for the time being. However, other branches of industry are already anticipating major production losses as a result of the virus. Almost 60 percent of German machine builders said in a flash survey of the industry association VDMA among more than 1,000 companies on Tuesday that they would already feel significant impairments in the course of operations because of the pandemic.

For the others, it’s just a matter of time: three-quarters of those who have not yet been affected expect this to change in the next three months.


At the moment, many companies are still trying to protect their employees from infection with Covid-19 with disinfection stations and distance requirements – and thus prevent the GAU, i.e. the closure of the company by the authorities. For example, working at a machine builder DMG Mori for some time the different layers in the factories separated. Overlaps are avoided – and necessary meetings only take place via video and telephone conference. The two DMG Mori plants in Italy are closed.

The Bielefeld-based company has already passed the emergency. An employee of the subsidiary company Deckel Maho in Pfronten, Bavaria, was infected with the corona virus. The location was then closed. Around 1,600 employees stayed at home. Anyone who was in contact with the patient had to be tested twice – and in quarantine for two weeks in between.

Only when the second test was negative, were they allowed to return to work. “We can only catch up with the production backlogs that resulted from the closure thanks to the additional commitment of our employees,” DMG-Mori boss Christian Thönes told Handelsblatt.

Even without ongoing production stops, as in the auto industry, the Corona outbreak is a major setback for many German machine builders. The industry was already in a crisis before the pandemic and was preparing for a two percent decline in production in 2020.

According to Corona, it should now be minus five percent. “The disruptions in the supply chains are becoming more and more noticeable, with the supplying countries of Italy and China being the biggest concerns,” said VDMA chief economist Ralph Wiechers.

Cologne too Lanxess AG had to shut down its chemical production at its Filago site in northern Italy for three days when a worker was diagnosed with corona infection. The employees who were in contact with him were examined and the system was disinfected. In the meantime, the plant and the DMG-Mori site in Pfronten are running stable again.

The specialty chemicals company has set up a steering group. It is intended to protect the health of employees and at the same time keep production as capable and capable of action as possible. Lanxess separates the work teams as much as possible and limits physical contacts and encounters between individual work units.

For example, physical meetings should be avoided as far as possible or the duration and number of participants reduced. In the factories, for example, shifts are handed over with as little personal contact between the teams as possible and in the shortest possible time. The reception from external visitors was reduced to a minimum.

At the Leverkusen-based pharmaceutical and chemical group Bayer According to the company, the current situation has not yet led to problems in production. At the locations in Leverkusen, Wuppertal and Bitterfeld, the company produces numerous active ingredients for medicines.

Focus on canteens

Production is highly automated, but Bayer has increased the protection of its employees there. For example, they have to keep the greatest possible distance when changing shifts. Commonly used work equipment is thoroughly disinfected when changing shifts. These include keyboards or control systems in a control center.

The plastics manufacturer is pursuing a similar strategy Covestro. “In addition to maintaining our health, it must of course also be the big goal to continue operating our systems reliably and safely despite the deteriorating situation,” says Daniel Koch, production manager at Covestro at the NRW locations.

The canteen is the focus of many measures in the company. The virus finds ideal conditions to spread further wherever hundreds of employees usually crowd close to the food counter at lunchtime. Bayer has therefore instructed its employees to keep a much greater distance than usual. As a precaution, the seats were equalized.

At VW the canteens at the German locations will be closed from Tuesday. “Our employees now have to bring something from home,” said a VW spokesman. In addition, there are also machines in the factories that employees can use.

At Porsche In Zuffenhausen, the employees already rehearsed the standstill on Tuesday: The sports car manufacturer interrupted production at the headquarters to give the Baden-Württemberg employees the opportunity to organize childcare after the sudden school closings.

The Leipzig plant also closes for a day on Wednesday, as a spokesman confirmed on request. In Saxony was the last day of school before the unscheduled Corona holidays on Tuesday. An expansion of the one-day production stop is under discussion at Porsche, but has not yet been decided.

China is returning to normal

While the standstill in European factories is getting closer, companies in China are slowly returning to normal. So VW chief Diess said parallel to the announcement of the extensive production stop in Europe, in the most important market of the group the situation stabilized again. “In the meantime, our manufacturing facilities have started production again with a few exceptions,” says the manager. “Delivery figures rise again in March and begin to normalize.”

The Swabian machine builder Trumpf recently announced that it had again reached 90 percent of the usual production capacity in its Chinese plants. Nevertheless, the family-owned company expects supply chain disruptions as a result of the loss of production in many other countries. “Trumpf’s central purchasing department continuously evaluates the global supply chains in order to identify any bottlenecks in good time,” the company says.

To make matters worse, the lack of demand, which arises from the production stop in the automotive industry. The automotive supplier said Continental, the temporary closure of plants is an ultima ratio and only takes place in extreme cases and upon official decision.

But economists are already anticipating that the corona crisis will develop into a recession. And many companies are already using short-time working to cushion the effects of the crisis.

Already three months ago, the share of companies using the instrument in the entire industry was 8.4 percent as high as it was last after the 2010 financial crisis. The share is likely to have grown significantly since then – also because of the outbreak of the Coronavirus affects many more industries than the long-lasting industrial recession.

Industry associations such as the VDMA are pushing to relax the rules for awarding aid. Personnel reductions are also becoming an “issue in the medium-sized mechanical engineering industry,” warned VDMA chief economist Wiechers. Around 70 percent of machine builders expect sales to decline in 2020, almost half of them with a drop in sales of more than ten percent.

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Realscreen »Archive» Amazon Prime Video orders Paris Saint-Germain documentation

Amazon Prime Video has given the green light to another series of documentaries related to sport, this time highlighting the giants of French football Paris Saint-Germain as the club celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The untitled four-part series will provide an insight into the inner workings of the most successful French football team in history – founded in 1970 – during the 2019-20 season and the past 50 years, providing interviews with previous and current players, coaches , fans and club leaders. In addition, the docuseries will offer videos on the daily life of the club and how it prepares for its high-risk games, both on the French and European stages.

The docuseries will also offer close access to players and staff members including Thomas Tuchel, the Brazilian Neymar Jr., the captain of the club Thiago Silva, the French phenomenon Kylian Mbappé, defenders Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe, and midfielders Marco Verratti and Julian Draxler.

The docuserie is produced jointly by PSG TV and CAPA and is directed by Manuel Herrero.

It will be launched in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video globally, with the exception of China and the Middle East.

The project will join Amazon Prime Video’s growing range of sports content, which currently includes documentaries like All or nothing: Manchester City, All or nothing: Tottenham Hotspur, Take us home: Leeds United, Within Borussia Dortmund, Six Dreams, By Steven Gerrard Let us dream, Raphaël Varane: Destin de champion is El Corazón de Sergio Ramos.


Utah’s first case of COVID-19 community spread reported in Summit County

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Health announced Saturday that a new case of COVID-19 in Summit County marks the first case of the disease spreading to the community in Utah.

Spread of the community means that the source of the infection is unknown; previous diagnosed cases of the new coronavirus in Utah came from residents who had recently traveled to affected areas.

The patient is a Summit County male residing between 18 and 60 years, the Department of Health announced in a press release. He had “no travel history and no known contact with anyone who has been confirmed to have COVID-19,” the statement said.

“The patient is an employee of the Spur Bar and Grill and has reported working while symptomatic,” he says. “Public health officials interviewed the patient and believe that the greatest potential risk is for his colleagues. The man’s job at the bar did not require him to interact with customers for long periods of time.”

Dr Rich Bullough, executive director of Summit County’s health department, said in the statement that he did not believe that the patrons of the bar are at “high risk”. However, anyone who has visited the bar since March 6 should monitor themselves for symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, he said.

Officials said the bar closed last night and did a thorough cleaning.

In the statement, officials reminded residents not to report to clinics or hospitals if symptoms are not present. “Instead, use telehealth or call your doctor to find out if tests are needed so that hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms aren’t overworked,” he says.

We are working to gather more information and will update this story.

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