CVS expected to hire 500 Rhode Island workers

CVS expected to hire 500 Rhode Island workers

WOONSOCKET – As CVS Health attempts to meet the surge in demand for health care services created by COVID-19, the company expects to hire thousands more workers across the country, including at least 500 in Rhode Island in the coming days.

A CVS spokesperson told The Valley Breeze on Monday more than 500 of the recently announced open positions are located in Rhode Island and expected to go to workers across the state. These roles include store associates, warehouse positions, customer service roles, pharmacists, nurses and other health care professionals.

“The positions include full-time, part-time and temporary jobs to meet the surge in demand for health care and other services,” said Joe Goode, senior director of corporate communications for CVS Health.

On Monday, the company, which is headquartered in Woonsocket and has office or warehouse locations in Lincoln and North Smithfield, announced plans to hire 50,000 workers across the country. In addition to store locations, the company plans to fill roles in distribution centers and hire additional home delivery drivers and customer service professionals to meet the current demand.

Many of these roles, according to a press release, will be filled by existing CVS Health clients who have had to lay off employees, including Hilton and Marriott hotels.

“The company will utilize a technology-enabled hiring process that includes virtual job fairs, virtual interviews and virtual job tryouts,” said the press release.

The company also announced new benefits for existing employees, including bonuses for workers who are required to be at CVS facilities and 25 days of paid back-up care for employees caring for children or elderly adults. Beginning this past Sunday, part-time employees are eligible for 24 hours of paid sick leave, in addition to the 14-day paid leave provided to any employee who tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to be quarantined as a result of exposure.

“Our colleagues have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to providing essential goods and services at a time when they’re needed most,” said Larry Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Health. “As they continue to be there for the individuals and families we serve, we’re taking extra steps to provide some peace of mind and help them navigate these uncertain times.”