Home Depot is boosting wages and making expanded worker benefits permanent

The housing market is booming. That’s great news for Home Depot — and its workers.



a person standing in front of a store: A customer wearing a protective mask views power drills for sale at a Home Depot Inc. store in Daly City, California, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Home Depot Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on November 17. Photographer: Josie Norris/Bloomberg via Getty Images


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A customer wearing a protective mask views power drills for sale at a Home Depot Inc. store in Daly City, California, U.S., on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Home Depot Inc. is scheduled to release earnings figures on November 17. Photographer: Josie Norris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Home Depot reported better-than-expected sales and earnings Tuesday, and the company is planning to invest $1 billion annually on increased worker benefits. That’s on top of the $1.7 billion in benefits the company has already granted this year in response to Covid-19.

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Home Depot unveiled temporary programs during the coronavirus pandemic such as expanded paid time off and weekly bonuses. But the company has decided to give hourly workers a permanent pay increase as the housing market continues to thrive.

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Californians must mask up outside their homes under new expanded mandate

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Passenger Karen Alvarez comforts her 3-year-old daughter Mercedez Gomez as they wait in line at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX before their flight to Nicaragua on Monday November 16, 2020 as weekly coronavirus cases have doubled in just the last month around the state, and Los Angeles County had the grim distinction of recording more than 6,800 cases this weekend alone, an alarming spike that has officials talking about more restrictions. California officials are urging those who do head out of state to self-quarantine for 14 days when they return. LAX Los Angeles Airport on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
Karen Alvarez and her 3-year-old daughter, Mercedez Gomez, wait in line at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX before their flight to Nicaragua on Monday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Faced with a startling spike in coronavirus cases, California health officials issued a new mandate this week requiring residents to wear face coverings whenever they’re outside their homes, with few exceptions.

The expanded order announced Monday means Californians must mask up unless they are alone in a car or only with those in their household; working alone in an office or room; outdoors and staying at least six feet away from others not in their household; are obtaining a service involving their nose or face; or are actively eating or drinking, so long as they maintain physical distance.

The new mandate exempts those younger than 2; have a disability or medical/mental health condition that prevents them from wearing

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