Expanded Sick Leave, $1 Per Hour Raise, Free Pizzas For Hospital Workers: One Company’s Brilliant–and Expensive–Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, co-founder and CEO Michael Lastoria just announced the company is taking the following steps:

  • Providing an immediate $1 per hour raise for all shop-level staff
  • Providing free, unlimited pizza for all employees and their immediate families
  • Paying commute costs if mass transit gets disrupted
  • Expanding the sick leave policy to new employees, as well as to anyone caring for loved ones or caring for children when schools are closed
  • Providing 14-day “health and safety pay” to anyone diagnosed with (or suspected of having) COVID-19, along with anyone who has come in contact with a person diagnosed with the virus
  • Providing free pizza to hospital staff: Doctors, nurses, administrative staff, cleaning staff, etc. 
  • Providing free delivery on all orders so customers who don’t want to leave their homes won’t have to
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