Setting a $15 Hourly Starting Wage

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As of July 5, Target will raise its starting hourly wage in the US to $15. As the company noted in a blog post about the announcement, the boost is in line with goals outlined three years ago to bring its starting pay to that level.

Frontline store and distribution center hourly workers will also get a one-time $200 bonus to recognize their work during the pandemic, the company said. A Target spokesperson told Retail Dive in an email that a $2-per-hour temporary wage boost for those working during the pandemic, which was extended twice in recent months, will end July 4.

Starting this week, the retailer is providing employees with free access to virtual doctor visits through the end of the year, regardless of whether they’re in the company health plan. Among other provisions, Target also extended paid leave for vulnerable employees, (those 65 or older, pregnant or with underlying conditions, per CDC guidelines) and will continue to waive its absenteeism policy, with paid leave options, for workers who have or have been exposed to the coronavirus…  Retail Dive

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