Amazon Doubles Overtime Pay

Amazon is doubling overtime pay for warehouse workers as the coronavirus outbreak increases demand for online orders.

Amazon said it will pay hourly workers at U.S. warehouses double-time, instead of time and-a-half for overtime worked between March 15th and May 9th. The announcement Saturday came less than a week after Amazon said it's raising hourly workers' pay from 15 to 17 dollars an hour.

The online retail giant also says it will hire 100-thousand U.S. warehouse and delivery workers to handle increasing demand as millions of Americans stay home and non-essential businesses are forced to close.

The announcement comes as four senators are asking Amazon what measures it’s taking to protect the health of the workers.