Target is expanding family care benefits. STAFF PHOTO / HOLLY SHIVELY

Part-time Target workers now eligible for benefits

Amid a war for quality employees, Target is expanding its family benefits for all workers.

The enhancements will pick up where traditional policies end, Target said in a statement. All workers including part- and full-time, hourly and salary workers at all stores, distribution centers and the headquarters are eligible for the plans.

“We’ve taken a strong position on minimum starting wages, but that’s just one facet of our team member experience,” said Melissa Kremer, chief human resources officer. “Our team finds so much support here to grow their skills and careers, make a difference in their communities, and take care of themselves and their families—including benefits that we’re enhancing to be more relevant across a breadth of life stages.”

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Here are some of the changes:

1. Backup care

Backup care currently offered to employees at the headquarters will be expanded to hourly and salaried members at all stores and distribution centers. The program provides 20 days of in-center childcare or in-home child and eldercare for workers who’s caregivers cancel last minute and could prevent the employee from getting to work.

2. Paid family leave

Starting June 30, hourly and salaried Target employees will be eligible for paid time off for a new baby, adoption or caring for a partner or parent.

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3. Adoption and surrogacy reimbursement

Target will double the amount it reimburses for workers’ adoption or surrogacy fees. The company has helped workers with the fees for a decade to help offset the high costs of adoption and surrogacy processes.

Target has also announced that it will raise minimum wage for all employees to $15 per hour by the end of 2020. It currently sits at $13.

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