Lidl has detailed actions it is taking to address the coronavirus pandemic as it has committed to hiring new workers and expanded health benefits.
In a coronavirus update published on its website, Johannes Fieber, president and CEO of Lidl U.S., said the company has established a dedicated COVID-19 task force to work with local, state and federal health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to ensure it is employing best practices across stores and warehouses.
“Our team is committed to following recommendations from CDC and other local health authorities.
In our stores to this effect, we have already implemented enhanced preventive measures to keep our stores and facilities clean and healthy for you and our team. Stores are cleaned daily, which includes using EPA-recommended sanitizing solutions approved for use in mitigating against COVID-19. We have increased our focus on cleaning and have assigned team members to perform regular sanitizing sweeps in key high traffic, high touch areas.
We are committed to supporting our team. We are making sure all employees have access to the most up-to-date CDC guidance and best practices, ranging from the importance of proper and regular hand washing to staying home in the event a team member is sick. We have introduced new policies that offer our employees greater flexibility. This includes limiting all non-essential travel across our business and encouraging employees to stay home if they are sick, modifying our standard attendance policy to accommodate for unexpected periods of absence without penalty. We have also restructured our benefits so that if employees are infected by the virus, or if they work in a store or facility that is included within a government or company-instituted quarantine, we will provide up to two weeks of pay while the employee is away from work.
Finally, Lidl US is working diligently to secure our supply chain and limit impacts on availability to the largest extent possible. We are also working actively with our home delivery partners to ensure that customers who wish to have Lidl products delivered are able to do so.”
Lidl is also hiring up to 1,000 temporary employees across all stores and warehouses while expanding medical benefits related to COVID-19. Designed with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, all temporary employees without health insurance will be immediately eligible to receive comprehensive COVID-19 medical benefits, which waives copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles and allows virtual visits through the CareFirst Video Visit platform. Lidl US employees enrolled in company insurance plans will also receive the enhanced COVID-19 medical benefits package at no additional cost.