ARLINGTON, Va. — Lidl US announced it will provide medical benefits for all its employees in more than 70 stores regardless of the number of hours they work per week. 

Starting January 1, 2020, around 1,200 team members working part-time will be eligible to buy into medical coverage through the company.

In Virginia, more than 400 employees will be affected by this move.

“We want our team to have the peace of mind knowing they have healthcare coverage,” said Lidl US Chairman Roman Heini. “Giving team members working part-time at Lidl access to medical benefits is incredibly important and it will help them succeed. As we continue to expand, we are committed to supporting all our employees so they can be their best.”

While some employers are cutting health benefits, Lidl US is expected to invest up to $9 million in the first year of the initiative. 

In addition to medical benefits, part-time employees working less than 30 hours per week currently receive dental and vision insurance. The next open enrollment period for their medical, dental, and vision benefits will be in November. 

“Virginia has been home to Lidl's U.S. Headquarters since 2015, and we applaud the company’s decision to offer medical benefits to all of its employees,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “Expanding access to affordable healthcare allows Virginians to live healthier, more productive lives.”

Lidl operates 10,800 stores and is active in 32 countries, employing around 287,000 employees globally. It currently has stores in Deleware, Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

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