WEST DES MOINES, Iowa- Iowa-based grocery chains Hy-Vee and Fareway are announcing some extra perks for it's front-line employees, who have working hard during these stressful days of the pandemic.
The chains are announcing bonuses, benefits, and extra paid time-off to full and part-time employees who have been working round-the-clock to serve customers. Both chains are also looking for extra help.
Hy-Vee plans to give employees a 10% bonus on all their hours worked from March 16th to April 12th. The bonuses are to be paid out on April 17th. The chain is also offering new benefits, including two weeks of protective leave, for those who either test positive for COVID-19 and/or are required to self-quarantine.
Hy-Vee also plans to offer employees affordable access to telehealth services, including mental health, waiving co-pays for all full-time employees and their dependents who utilize the 24-hour virtual medical service and is allowing part-time employees to use the service for a minimal fee per visit.
“Our employees are our most valuable asset, and we must do everything we can to support them and their families during this critical time,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman of the board, CEO and president. “We hope these new benefits will help lighten the load for our employees who are working around-the-clock to serve our customers in our stores.”
BOONE, Iowa- Fareway Stores, Inc is announcing a plan to provide cash bonuses and additional paid time-off for hourly employees who've worked on the frontlines during these last several weeks.
Fareway plans a cash bonus to hourly employees under the age of 18. Part-time hourly employees 18 and over will receive an additional 20 hours of paid time-off; full-time hourly employees will receive an additional 40 hours of paid time-off; and assistant managers and warehouse foremen will each receive an additional 47 hours of paid time-off. This additional paid leave can be used for time-off, or if the employee chooses, as a cash payment. The bonuses range up to $1,200 per employee, with a total investment of several million dollars to approximately 8,500 frontline employees. The Fareway corporate office will distribute the bonuses to qualifying hourly employees on Friday, April 3.
“Our Fareway Family on the frontlines have worked tirelessly to serve our customers during these last several weeks,” said Fareway President and CEO Reynolds W. Cramer. “Our part-time and full-time store employees, office support, warehouse personnel, and transportation department have risen to the challenge. Whether it’s additional cash in their pocket, or paid time-off to be with family or friends, we want to reward these hourly employees for their hard work and willingness to fulfill the new expectations of our customers now and into the future.”