Lowe’s is providing a second $80 million special payment to hourly associates in recognition of their efforts. The retailer is also now requiring that all associates wear a face mask when working in its stores or at customers’ homes.
“The changes we’ve announced today underscore our commitment to associates and our recognition of their unwavering support for our customers and communities,” said Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s CEO and president. “We know how hard associates are working to help us keep our promise to communities that we will be here for them during difficult times. We also remain steadfast in our pledge to continue to evaluate and adjust our operations to meet the evolving guidelines from the CDC and local officials around customer and associate safety.”
In recognition of associates’ dedicated efforts and to assist with unplanned expenses and hardships, the company is making another $80 million special payment to all of hourly associates in May, matching the payment made in March. All full-time hourly associates will receive a payment of $300, and all part-time and seasonal associates will receive $150, increasing Lowe’s total commitment to associates and communities to $250 million.
Lowe’s will also require all associates to wear a face mask or approved face covering while working in a store or at a customer’s home. Using a mobile app, Lowe’s store managers will continue monitoring store occupancy, and limit customer traffic when necessary to help enforce social distancing. Lowe’s stores have also changed layouts to allow for more space in aisles as well as installed plexiglass protective shields at all point of sale to protect cashiers and customers. Additionally, Lowe’s offers curbside pick-up and at-home delivery options for online purchases nationwide.