WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -- Hy-Vee has announced it is giving part-time and full-time store employees a frontline appreciation bonus.
The company says employees will receive a 10% bonus on all work hours from March 16 to April 12. Hy-Vee says the bonuses are a $10 million commitment to employees and be paid out on April 17.
In addition, the company is offering new benefits to its more than 80,000 employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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.”
Hy-Vee will offer job protective leave for employees who test positive for COVID-19 or are required by health officials to self-quarantine. The benefit will provide job protection for a minimum of two weeks and applies to all employees, no matter their length of service.
A second benefit offers employees affordable access to telehealth services, including mental health.
Hy-Vee is 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.