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CVS Health hiring 50,000 employees, giving bonuses to current employees

Posted at 10:03 AM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 10:03:45-04

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WTXL) — CVS Health says it's planning to hire 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary roles across the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.

On Monday, the company announced that they will utilize a technology-enabled hiring process that includes virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and virtual job tryouts. Roles include store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and member/customer service professionals.

CVS Health is also awarding bonuses to employees who are required to be at CVS facilities to help patients and customers.

Pharmacists, other health care professionals on the frontlines, store associates and managers, and other site-based hourly employees will be eligible for bonuses ranging from $150 to $500.

"Our colleagues have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to providing essential goods and services at a time when they're needed most," said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. "As they continue to be there for the individuals and families we serve, we're taking extra steps to provide some peace of mind and help them navigate these uncertain times."

Employees will also be able to take advantage of up to 25 fully covered days of backup care for child and elder or adult dependent care needs.

Along with backup care, employees have also been offered additional paid sick leave.

"CVS Health has made 24 hours of paid sick leave available to part-time employees for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic," the company said in a release. "This paid sick leave is in addition to the 14-day paid leave the company is providing for any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to be quarantined as a result of potential exposure."