Trader Joe’s grocery store is known for its affordable prices, unique food, and friendly staff — a grocery experience. But thanks to changes in employee health benefits, the joyful atmosphere could be in jeopardy.
For years, Trader Joe’s has offered health care coverage to its part-time employees at reasonable prices. But on August 30, Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane sent employees a confidential memo stating the company will no longer offer health care for anyone working fewer than 30 hours a week.
“With low-wage workers eligible for tax subsidies to buy health insurance next year, the company has apparently calculated that offering medical coverage to part-timers who work 18 hours or more is no longer worth the cost,” the Huffington Post reports.