Lowe's to Give Pay Raises, Close Stores Earlier
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MOORESVILLE, NC - Lowe's store employees will be getting pay raises and stores will be closing earlier as part of corporate changes announced Thursday.

A press release says all full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees at stores, contact centers and along the supply chain in the U.S. and Canada will temporarily receive $2 more per hour during April. 

Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO, said these changes are part of their continued efforts to keep the health and well-being of their associates and customers in mind.

Ellison said, "Today’s wage increase for our hourly associates is just another way I want to thank our 300,000 associates for their heroic actions in serving the needs of our communities. I’ve never been prouder of our team, and they have my commitment that we will continue to adjust as the situation evolves.”

Masks and gloves will also be made available to any associate who wants them. This does not include N95 masks, which the chain recently removed from stores so they could be donated to hospitals. 

Stores will begin closing at 7 pm daily to allow stock to be replenished and to clean and sanitize. 

When stores are open, a new app has been developed for associates' hand-held devices that will allow managers to monitor foot traffic and put limits on how many customers are in the store. This will allow each store to comply with CDC or local guidelines. Lowe's was also one of the first retailers to install plexiglass shields to protect cashiers and customers. 

Social Distancing Ambassadors will also be monitoring customer flow in garden centers and front-end areas to help everyone stay a safe distance from each other. Markers have also been installed on floors at 6-foot distances to guide customers. 

Previously, Lowe's gave $300 bonuses to each full-time employee and $150 bonuses to part-time and seasonal employees, in case any of them had unplanned expenses or hardships caused by the pandemic. They have also offered 14 days of paid leave to any associates who need it.  

As an essential business, Lowe's has also been actively hiring about 30,000 new associates. 

On the Net:

Press release at Lowe's website

Published 06:26 PM, Thursday Apr. 02, 2020
Updated 08:55 PM, Thursday Apr. 02, 2020



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