Meijer has implemented new safety protocols for staff before each shift as part of the changing retail world due to the coronavirus pandemic. Like many retailers, it will begin taking the temperatures of each staff member before every shift, but it will also begin asking employees questions about their habits outside of work.
“As we navigate these challenging times, we will continue to look for ways to ensure our stores provide the safest shopping environment possible,” Meijer President and CEO Rick Keyes said. “Nothing is more important than keeping our team members and customers safe.”
The health assessment includes questions such as if they have traveled internationally within the past 14 days or have been notified they had contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. For those who answer yes, they will not be allowed to work for 14 days from the date of the travel or contact.
For team members ineligible to work due to symptoms, they will be encouraged to connect with TeleMed or their healthcare provider if symptoms increase; those who've already been directed to stay home by a doctor or health authority are eligible for the Meijer COVID-19 Pay Continuation Program.
“Our team members are the heart and soul of Meijer and are working hard every day to keep our shelves stocked and ensure our customers have what they need for their families,” Keyes said. “We appreciate their amazing work, and we are focused on making sure we’re providing a healthy working environment for them.”