As part of its effort to offer one of the most generous benefits packages in the industry, Lidl US will provide medical benefits for all its employees in more than 70 stores regardless of the number of hours they work per week. Starting January 1, around 1,200 team members working part-time will be eligible to buy into medical coverage through the company.
"We want our team to have the peace of mind knowing they have healthcare coverage," said Lidl US chairman Roman Heini. "Giving team members working part-time at Lidl access to medical benefits is incredibly important and it will help them succeed. As we continue to expand, we are committed to supporting all our employees so they can be at their best."
At a time when many retailers are cutting health benefits, Lidl US expects to invest up to $9 million in the first year of the initiative, with investment growing as the retailer expands. In addition to medical benefits, part-time employees working less than 30 hours per week currently receive dental and vision insurance.
"Virginia has been home to Lidl's U.S. Headquarters since 2015, and we applaud the company's decision to offer medical benefits to all of its employees," said Virginia governor Ralph Northam. "Expanding access to affordable healthcare allows Virginians to live healthier, more productive lives."