Asda is to give front-line staff an additional day’s paid leave and reward them with 100% of their bonus entitlement for 2020.
The retailer will close all stores on Boxing Day in order to give staff an additional day’s break over the Christmas period when Covid-19 restrictions on family gatherings will be lifted. All employees who were contracted to work on that day will still be paid for their shift.
In addition, Asda will pay all eligible hourly-paid front-line employees 100% of their bonus entitlement for 2020 in recognition of their hard work and commitment during the Covid-19 pandemic. The bonus will be paid in February 2021.
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In a message to employees, Roger Burnley, chief executive officer and president of Asda, said; “This has been a challenging year and you have all done an incredible job, continuing to serve our customers and communities while juggling so many other commitments.
“But it’s also been challenging from a personal perspective as we have not been able to spend time with our families and friends, which has been hard for us all.
“As you know, the strict guidelines set out by the government will change between 23 and 27 December and more households will be able to gather together. This is of course our busiest time of year but it was important for us to give as many of you as possible the opportunity to spend this time with those loved ones that you may not have not seen for many months so, uniquely for this year, we will not reopen our stores until 27 December.”