CVS Health is hiring 50,000 workers and delivering bonuses to employees who are required to work on-site during the coronavirus pandemic.
The company’s CVS Pharmacy locations remain open during the COVID-19 crisis.
CVS is giving workers bonuses of $150 to $300. Eligible recipients include pharmacists, store employees and managers.
“Our colleagues have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to providing essential goods and services at a time when they’re needed most,” CVS CEO Larry Merlo said in a statement. “As they continue to be there for the individuals and families we serve, we’re taking extra steps to provide some peace of mind and help them navigate these uncertain times.”
The company plans to immediately hire 50,000 people for full-time, part-time and temporary jobs, including store positions, home delivery drivers, distribution workers and customer service representatives.
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The hiring drive comes amid a sudden joblessness crisis for workers in the retail and restaurant sector. While companies like Amazon and CVS are hiring to meet an upswell in demand, many businesses have temporarily laid off workers due to a collapse in revenue.
CVS said furloughed workers from hotel chains Hilton and Marriott would be among the people it hires for the jobs.
The company also announced it would give 24 hours of paid sick leave to part-time employees during the pandemic. Workers who test positive or need to be quarantined are also eligible for 14 days of paid leave.
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