CVS to hire 50,000 workers to deal with coronavirus rush

One of the few businesses to see traffic grow during the coronavirus pandemic, CVS announced Monday that it would be hiring 50,000 new employees and giving bonuses to the ones they already have.

“Our colleagues have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to providing essential goods and services at a time when they’re needed most,” Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health, said in a statement.

“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.”

The bonuses, between $150 and $500, will be given to “employees who are required to be at CVS facilities to assist patients and customers in this time of unprecedented need,” including pharmacists, store associates and managers and other hourly employees.

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Part-time employees will now also have 24 hours of paid sick leave, on top of the 14-day paid leave for anyone who tests positive for coronavirus.

“The health and wellbeing of our colleagues has always come first," Merlo said. “We’ve been working around the clock to increase availability of supplies and update protocols to ensure our stores are safe for colleagues and customers alike.”

CVS also announced plans to hire 50,000 more workers to deal with increased business, including store associates, home delivery drivers, distribution center employees and member/customer service professionals.

Hiring, which will all be done virtually, will focus on furloughed employees from companies like Hilton and Marriott.

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