Lidl US to hire 1,000 workers, supply medical coverage

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Lidl US to hire 1,000 workers, supply medical coverage

By Dan Ochwat - 03/26/2020

Arlington, Va.-based Lidl US announced it was hiring up to 1,000 employees across its store network and distribution centers for at least two months, and worked with CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to insure those new employees that don’t have health insurance for medical benefits covering testing and treatment related to COVID-19 at no cost.

“Every day, our number one priority is the health and safety of our customers and our team, and that is our primary focus during this public health emergency,” said Roman Heini, Lidl US chairman. “The new positions announced today will help us better meet the unprecedented needs of our customers. We are working hard to serve them and protect the health of our employees who are playing a critical role.”

Also Stop & Shop announced it would be hiring at least 5,000 part-time associates and were focusing on people who have been furloughed or lost jobs by working with the United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) and local businesses.

Tops Friendly Markets issued a release that they are adding Plexiglas shields at front-end registers, and in areas where there won’t be protective shield, associates will wear a face shield. Associates already wear gloves and Tops has one associate designated at every store just to clean and sanitize registers, check stands and frequently touched places in the store.

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