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Target offers quarantine pay, other changes in response

A Target in Woodinville, Washington was out of stock on several items as people try to stock up in preparing for the coronavirus.

RTC Target is offering quarantine pay and waiving rules in regard to missing work, in response to the growing coronavirus crisis.

The retailer said Thursday that it is waiving its absenteeism policy to accommodate employees who may be suffering from flu-like symptoms, or who need to care for children whose schools have been closed because of concerns about COVID-19.

Target is also offering up to 14 days of quarantine pay for workers who are told to isolate themselves because of possible exposure to the virus, as well as for those who are infected with it.  

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Target is one of many companies reevaluating its policies, as well as its customer service practices, to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, which as of Thursday morning had led to the deaths of 38 Americans and sickened over 1,323 people in all but six states.

Starbucks said Wednesday it would offer catastrophe pay to any employees who’ve been exposed to COVID-19, as well as those who are most at risk for becoming ill.

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