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The temporary wage increase of $2 an hour will be in effect until July for front-line team members, the company’s chairman and CEO, Brian Cornell, told employees Monday morning. Previously, the hazard pay policy was extended to May 30.
Target will also continue its 30-day paid leave for high-risk employees who are either pregnant, 65 years old or older, or have underlying medical conditions as defined by the CDC through July 4.
"At the outset of the pandemic, we knew there was a long road ahead, that we would have to pace ourselves," Cornell wrote in an email sent out to employees during the first quarter. "These pay and benefits extensions are intended to help you and your family do just that as we all continue to support each other and move forward."
This news follows the $300 million investment Target put into wages, bonuses, paid leave and benefits for front-line employees in late March. The company also rolled out enhanced safety measures in its stores and distribution centers, including face masks and gloves to all team members as well as rigorous cleaning and social distancing procedures.
Additionally, employees will be provided thermometers upon request to perform at-home checks prior to coming to work.
“We have deep gratitude for the remarkable effort our team has put into supporting guests across the country,” Cornell said during the last pay extension. “We remain committed to prioritizing our efforts to provide for their well-being so they can take care of themselves and their families during this unprecedented time.”