Walmart to monitor store workers’ temperature and provide protective gloves and masks during pandemic
Walmart will monitor store employees’ temperatures and provide them with protective gloves and masks, in an effort to keep its staff and customers safe during the corona virus pandemic.
The retail giant announced the move on Tuesday, as the US death toll overshadowed the Chinese death toll after rising to 3,906 within two months of the first blow.
Walmart said it ships infrared thermometers to all of its U.S. stores, so employees can have their temperature checked when they come to work to help detect infected individuals.
“Any employee with a temperature of 100.0 degrees is paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary,” the statement said.
Walmart will monitor the temperatures of its store employees and provide them with protective gloves and masks, the company announced
“The employee cannot return to work until he has been fever-free for at least three days.”
Sick employees are still paid during this period.
Employees are also given ‘basic health check questions’ and gloves and masks are provided to anyone who wants them.
The masks will be “ high quality, ” but will not be N95 respirators, the retailer said.
However, workers can expect a delay in receiving this equipment, with the company saying that thermometers should arrive in three weeks and masks in two weeks.
The retail giant announced the move on Tuesday as the US death toll overshadowed the Chinese death toll after rising to 3,906 within two months of the first outbreak
Walmart was one of the few companies to break the trend of site closings, massive layoffs, and layoffs amid the pandemic.
The grocery not only survived, but thrived as well, both of which were identified as an essential business and benefited from panic buyers stocking food and household products in recent weeks.
The company announced in March that it was looking for 150,000 new temporary workers to respond to the peak in demand.
Walmart plans to hire additional personnel by the end of May to work across the empire of stores, clubs, distribution centers, and distribution centers.
It has reduced the two-week hiring drive to just 24 hours to speed up hiring.
While the roles will be temporary in the beginning, it was said that they could change to fixed positions over time.
The company contacts workers in the industries most affected by the outbreak.
“We reached out to industry groups representing restaurants and hospitality to facilitate temporary positions that could provide a bridge for their employees during this difficult time,” Walmart said in a news release.
A man wears a face mask on Tuesday in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Pearl, Mississippi
The shelves are nearly empty in March at a Walmart in Warrington, Philadelphia. The retailer flourished amid the pandemic as panic buyers stocked food
Most retailers hit hard after the outbreak, and retailers were unemployed overnight.
Macy’s shocked the industry on Monday when it announced it would lay off most of its 130,000 employees.
The retail giant said it is moving to an “absolute minimum workforce” required to maintain base operations.
It says it will temporarily stop paying tens of thousands of workers who have been unemployed when the chain closed its stores in response to declining sales during the pandemic.
Macy’s is relocating most of the 130,000 employees starting this week, as sales have collapsed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The New York flagship store is shown
Online operations for the country’s largest department store chain will not be hit so hard.
Employees enrolled in health benefits will remain insured with the company at 100 percent of the premium.
JCPenney, Gap, Kohl’s and Victoria’s Secret have also taken these drastic measures to keep things going.
Unemployment in the United States reached a record high last week with 3.28 million people – four times the previous record – making claims.
New predictions from the St. Louis district project in the Fed have warned that job losses from coronavirus could affect 47 million Americans, with unemployment exceeding 30 percent.
LIKE AMAZON AND WHOLE FOOD WORKERS JEFF BEZOS POCKETS OWNER JEFF BEZOS POCKETS $ 3.4 BILLION BY STOCK SALE
Jeff Bezos made $ 3.4 billion in shares of the company in February
Amazon employees say they are struggling to access sickness benefits and fear colleagues will get sick – because they paint a grim picture of coronavirus protection in warehouses where “everything has been touched by 1,000 hands.”
The online retail giant has raised the salary and offered sick leave to anyone who tested positive for coronavirus, but critics accuse the company and owner of $ 1 trillion Jeff Bezos for not doing enough – just weeks after making $ 3.4 billion by selling shares.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, made $ 3.4 billion in shares of the company in February, just before the market overflowed when coronavirus infections soared.
The sale saved Bezos a whopping $ 317 million, compared to the fact that he kept the stock until March 20.
It also meant that the billionaire sold as many shares in that week as he did in the past year, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Sales represented approximately 3% of Bezos’ total Amazon shares and represented more than a third of all stock market sales during this period.
Bezos has also suggested that Amazon may be the solution to get “easily accessible” COVID-19 testing kits for people around the world after conversations he had with World Health Organization administrators.
In an Instagram post last week, the CEO of Amazon said he had a good conversation with WHO director general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom.
The announcement is because employees of facilities in the United States have tested positive for coronavirus.
“This is not business as usual and it is a time for a lot of stress and uncertainty. It’s also a time when the work we do is most critical, ” said the billionaire in the memo he shared on his Instagram.
Bezos said, “People around the world are feeling the economic consequences of this crisis, and I am sorry to say that I predict things will get worse before they get better.”