Kohl’s temporarily furloughing store associates due to coronavirus closures

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. — To slow the spread of COVID-19, Kohl’s is extending the duration of its temporary store closures.

A release said Kohl’s will temporarily furlough store and store distribution center associates, along with some corporate office associates whose work has been reduced by store closures.

Kohl’s provided two weeks of pay to all store and store distribution center associates. It will continue to provide existing health benefits to furloughed associates. Those impacted may also benefit from recently passed stimulus legislation.

“These are unprecedented times as our communities around the country come together to support the nationwide efforts in slowing the spread of COVID-19. At Kohl’s we are committed to doing our part as we extend the duration of our store closures to protect the health and safety of our customers and our associates,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer. “As a company, we operate with great discipline to maintain a strong balance sheet and financial flexibility. Given these extraordinary circumstances, we are taking difficult and decisive actions to strengthen our financial liquidity and secure the financial position of the company for the long-term benefit of our associates, customers and shareholders.”

Gass does not plan to take a salary during this time.

“It is an incredibly difficult decision to extend our store closures and temporarily furlough some of our associates,” said Gass. “We look forward to the day that we can reopen our stores to welcome our associates back and serve the millions of families across the country that shop Kohl’s.”

Kohl’s is still active online with delivery. Starting Thursday, Kohl’s customers can shop online and pick up items at most Kohl’s stores.

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