Target is changing up its employee benefits as the coronavirus pandemic presses on.
The retailer said this week it will give all its employees access to a backup family care benefit. This was a plan which was previously offered to some Target workers, but is now offered to help all employees through the pandemic.
“In the face of school and other care-facility closures, backup care will be available to all, including frontline team members who are doing so much right now,” Target CEO and Chairman Brian Cornell said in a statement.
Target rolled out a backup daycare benefit last fall, providing workers with 20 days of “in-center childcare or in-home child- and eldercare” through a partner network. In light of COVID, the retailer is waiving eligibility requirements, copays and other program details.
Childcare benefits are getting more attention in recent days, as schools throughout the country have closed, leaving employees who must go to work struggling to find care for their children.
Cornell also said this week that the company is encouraging all employees who are able to work remotely to do so.
The updated family care benefits join other changes Target made late last week. Those include temporarily waiving the absenteeism policy for employees who experience flu-like symptoms or who are affected by school or daycare closures; and implementing quarantine pay and confirmed illness pay, both lasting 14 days.
“We’ll also continue to offer benefits like paid family leave and free counseling services for the range of challenges our team might be facing,” Cornell said.
Target is one of several companies making changes to their employee benefits packages as coronavirus changes workplace dynamics. Darden Restaurants, which owns popular eateries like Olive Garden and Yard House, expanded its paid sick leave policy to include hourly workers across its different restaurant brands.
Amazon, DoorDash, Instacart and Lowe’s said they would provide up to 14 paid days off to any employee quarantined or diagnosed with the coronavirus. Meanwhile, several employers are implementing and encouraging remote work benefits.