J.M. Smucker Takes Steps to Protect Staff from COVID-19

March 25, 2020

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J.M. Smucker Takes Steps to Protect Staff from COVID-19

American food firm J.M. Smucker Company announced Monday that it is implementing a series of measures to protect its workforce and the communities it operates in from the impacts of COVID-19. 

The firm said it is screening workers’ temperatures across its locations and started using extensive sanitation procedures to prevent the virus from spreading. J.M. Smucker is also offering up to 12 weeks of full pay and benefits for workers at manufacturing or distribution sites that have been closed or are operating at reduced levels due to the outbreak. 

Some 5700 employees in manufacturing, distribution, and other roles will receive a one-time $1,500 hardship award for continuing to work at J.M. Smucker facilities during the coronavirus crisis. The company also is providing 14 days of paid sick leave for workers who cannot come to work because they or a member of their family tested positive for COVID-19. 

“We understand the uncertainty that people are feeling right now, and are committed to do our part to ease some of that concern by supporting our employees and communities, while ensuring people and pets have access to a steady supply of food,” Mark Smucker, president and chief executive officer of J.M. Smucker, said in a company press release. 

The company will also pay for 100% of COVID-19 testing and virtual health screening for workers, and new mental health resources are being made available. An assistance fund of $100,000 was also created to support workers who experience significant impacts because of the virus. 

Dow Chemical said it is now monitoring workers’ temperatures at its Plaquemine, LA petrochemical plant after four workers tested positive for COVID-19 there, Powder & Bulk Solids reported.

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