Rite Aid has expanded actions the company is taking in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning immediately, Rite Aid plans to hire 5,000 associates for full and part-time roles across the country to support store and distribution center teams. Positions will include cashiers, pharmacy technicians and distribution center associates.
The company has also created a Hero Program to recognize employee efforts. As part of that program, hourly associates are receiving an increase of $2 per hour, which began March 15, 2020, and is to last through at least May 2, 2020. Additionally, current retail store management, including pharmacists, distribution center management and RediClinic professional associates, have received a bonus of $1,000.
Rite Aid has also established specific guidelines related to leaves of absence related to COVID-19 to provide greater flexibility for those impacted by the virus. This includes a “Pandemic Pay” policy, which ensures associates are compensated if diagnosed with the virus or quarantined because of exposure. In addition to allowing associates to wear masks and gloves at their discretion, Rite Aid is making enhancements to the many health and safety procedures already in place at its stores. The company is in the process of installing plexiglas shields at pharmacy and front end counters.
For the safety of seniors, Rite Aid has designated 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day as a senior shopping hour to limit exposure for customers 60 and older. Rite Aid has also established social distancing procedures that include marking floor areas in front of the pharmacy and front end counters with tape to ensure 6-foot separation.
“Rite Aid is on the front lines in helping Americans cope with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Heyward Donigan, president and CEO, Rite Aid. “We are working around the clock to ensure we are doing our part to provide Rite Aid’s associates, customers, and communities with what they need during these unprecedented times— from medication delivery to ensuring clean, safe and stocked stores.”