Ulta Beauty is temporarily furloughing its store and salon associates in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as stores remain closed.
“As we navigate this very fluid situation, our teams are evaluating all new information, including recently passed legislation, to ensure we can make the best decisions for our associates, our guests and our business,” said Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty. “After thoughtful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily furlough many of our store and salon associates. During these uncertain times, we will do all we can to make sure these associates are supported.”
With every intention of bringing its workforce back when it is safe to do so, the company said, the temporary furlough will be effective April 19. All furloughed associates participating in company benefit plans will remain enrolled in their respective coverages. Ulta Beauty has curated relevant resources and information to help guide associates during this interim furlough and offers continued access to its human resources support center.
As the company manages the COVID-19 pandemic, Dillon has elected to indefinitely forgo her base salary. Additionally, the CEO has made a personal donation of $500,000 to the Ulta Beauty Associate Relief Program, which is part of the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation. The program, established in 2017, provides monetary grants to associates facing personal hardship. The Ulta Beauty executive team and board of directors will each make personal donations as well.
Associates supporting the Ulta Beauty distribution centers will continue operations to support the company’s essential e-commerce business. As needed, select corporate associates are being reallocated to support the most pressing business needs such as guest services, human resources, and others.
In its part to help the community of health care workers on the frontlines, Ulta Beauty will donate 450,000 medical grade gloves from its salons to hospitals in need across the country in collaboration with FEMA.