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Buckle to Furlough Employees in its Fight Against Coronavirus

Buckle, Inc. BKE is the latest company to tighten its control measures with increasing cases of COVID-19 being reported each day. Notably, the novel coronavirus has been creating havoc worldwide by killing thousands of people and bringing the global economy to a standstill. In response, authorities have ordered shutdown of stores and manufacturing facilities, implemented social distancing and work from home options as well as travel bans.

Given the unprecedented impacts of this ongoing pandemic, Buckle has decided to furlough most of its employees, including store and corporate office workers, starting Apr 5. During this time, all employees will be offered full benefits, while those working will get a pay cut. Keeping in these lines, its chairman, president and chief executive officer have stepped forward to forgo their salaries till operations resume. Further, the company’s board members will also give up their respective cash retainers for the current quarter.

Similarly, retailers, including Macy’s M, L Brands LB and Kohl’s KSS, announced to put thousands of employees on leave. Notably, Macy’s is furloughing most of its 130,000 workers in the United States, per sources. Also, L Brands decided to furlough employees such as store associates and those who can’t work remotely to support the online business. Kohl’s is likely to grant leave to workers at its stores and store distribution centers.

Coming back to the news, Buckle has now extended store closures for an indefinite period in sync with the CDC guidelines and government regulations. However, online business will continue to operate. This move is part of the company’s aim to safeguard its employees and customers in such trying times.

Prior to this, management had announced to close all stores temporarily from Mar 18 to 31. Moreover, the company had then pledged to pay full benefits and salaries to all employees for the said period.

In the past three months, shares of this Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) company have slumped 47.3% compared with the industry’s decline of 49%.

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