Home Depot’s virus update

Older employees receive extra paid-time-off.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The world’s largest home improvement retailer updated its coronavirus outbreak response in a March 26  Covid-19 update.

Among the adjustments, elderly employees are receiving extra paid-time-off. Also, a temporary bonus program is in effect for employees working in stores and in distribution centers.

Read the full update here.

Extra time off for employees 65 or older is a move based on the CDC’s determination that older Americans are among those at most risk from the Covid-19.

Home Depot’s policy calls for “full-time hourly associates who are 65 or older received an additional 80 hours of paid time off (for a total of 160 hours of additional paid time off) and part-time hourly associates who are 65 or older received an additional 40 hours of paid time off (for a total of 80 hours of paid time off).”

Meanwhile, any employees who works more than 35 hours a week will receive an extra $100 per week, through April 19. Employees who work 20-35 hours will receive a bonus of $50 per week.

Other new developments involve prioritizing safety equipment to the frontlines of the battle against the virus.

“We’ve been prioritizing shipments of essential supplies to hospitals and first responders, so inventory on items like face masks, hand sanitizers and other cleaning supplies may vary across our stores and online,” the company said.



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