CHICAGO — Molson Coors Beverage Co. is asking its employees to work from home and is withdrawing its entire financial outlook for 2020 due to uncertainty regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to requiring employees to work from home if they are able, the beer manufacturer is also creating a new voluntary paid leave program and giving out pay incentives.
“These are challenging times for the world and our company, and our priority is to ensure the safety of our people and the stability of our business,” said Gavin Hattersley, president and CEO of Molson Coors. “I’m proud of how resilient our people have been during this time, including the people who brew, package and ship our quality beers and keep our breweries and business running. I can’t thank them enough. I am also proud of how our teams are stepping up to take care of our communities who need our help more than ever.”
New actions rolled out to ensure the health and safety of employees amid the coronavirus outbreak include:
- Indefinitely extending the work-from-home recommendation for all employees in North America who are not doing business-critical on-site activities.
- Creating a new voluntary paid leave program for April through which employees deemed by federal health authorities to be at a high risk for COVID-19 can elect paid leave of 60% of their regular wages.
- Giving all hourly brewery employees an additional $5 for every hour of work and salaried brewery employees who must work on site an additional $200 per week.
- Creating a new paid leave policy through which anyone who contracts the coronavirus or is forced to self-quarantine can do so without losing pay.
- Stepping up cleaning and sanitizing processes.
Molson Coors, Chicago, is known for its beers such as Coors Light, Miller Light, Blue Moon Belgian White, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and Saint Archer Gold.