- Robyn Turk
Levi Strauss & Co. is continuing to make adjustments to its
policies as it adapts to results of the COVID-19 pandemic on the
retail landscape. The company announced via a blog post that it will
now offer paid sick leave to all part-time employees in the U.S.
Under this new policy, Levi’s U.S. store employees will now
experience a level of benefits similar to those provided in most other
markets around the world.
“This new policy reflects our commitment to protecting our people
and building a stronger, more resilient team for the future,” Levi’s
president and CEO Chip Bergh wrote.
Bergh also said that the company will bring back many furloughed
employees as it beings to reopen stores, and noted that “We’re already
seeing promising results in Europe and Asia, where consumers are eager
to reclaim at least a little bit of ‘normal.'”
However, Levi’s also acknowledged that it doesn’t expect to return
to “business as usual” when stores reopen, as consumer shopping and
buying behaviors will have changed.