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Grocery owners say coronavirus hazard pay would force closures
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Grocery store chains warn they could face layoffs and closures if a New York City Council proposal mandating “hazard pay” to supermarket and other essential staffers working during the coronavirus pandemic passes.
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Food markets with more than 100 workers would be required to give hourly employees an extra $30 to $75 per shift during COVID-19 under the proposed legislation, which is part of similar bills lawmakers are weighing aimed at helping small businesses and tenants financially affected by the virus have more time to back debt and rent.