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Target extends $2-an-hour pay rise for store workers during pandemic

The retailer's temporary pay boost was due to come to an end on May 2.

Target has announced that its $2-an-hour pandemic pay rise for hourly store and fulfillment center workers will be extended by almost a month.

The temporary pay bump was due to come to an end on May 2, but Target announced Thursday this has been extended to May 30.

It will also continue to offer 30 days of paid leave for vulnerable team members aged 65 and above, pregnant, or with underlying health conditions.

It doesn't extend the same PTO offer to workers who don't want to come to work out of concern for catching coronavirus, though it does have up to 14 days PTO for any staff who have contracted the virus or are under a mandatory quarantine.

Target followed fellow Twin Cities retailers including Cub Foods and Kowalski's in increasing its hourly wages by $2, with the extension announced Thursday the latest in a series of measures that Target has taken in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

The retailer now provides face masks and gloves to all its team members and now offers thermometers upon request so employees can perform home-checks before they go to work.

It's also among the retailers that is metering traffic inside its stores to ensure social distancing can be adhered to inside.

"We have deep gratitude for the remarkable effort our team has put into supporting guests across the country. We remain committed to prioritizing our efforts to provide for their well-being so they can take care of themselves and their families during this unprecedented time," said Target CEO Brian Cornell.

To enhance the safety of its stores and distribution centers, Target has taken numerous actions, including providing face masks and gloves to all team members, and implementing rigorous cleaning and social distancing processes. Team members regularly receive guidance to practice healthy hygiene habits, as recommended by the CDC, and will be provided thermometers upon request to perform at-home checks prior to coming to work.

Target is also monitoring store occupancy and metering traffic, when necessary, to enhance the average space per person and reduce the possibility of congestion, and setting aside time multiple times each week for vulnerable guests to shop. Additionally, Target has staffed up same-day services to accommodate increased guest demand and offers a contactless Drive Up service for online purchases across the country.

More information on how Target is supporting its guests and team members in response to COVID-19 can be found on Target.com/abullseyeview.

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