Berkshire Hills Announces Employee and Community Investments
Berkshire Hills Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: BHLB), the parent of Berkshire Bank, today announced additional investments in its employees and communities following the recent passage of federal tax reform legislation.
These investments include:
- Raising Berkshire’s minimum wage to $15 per hour.
- Providing a special, one-time bonus of $1000 to over 1000 employees. This grant benefits all full time employees below a certain compensation threshold, covering over 70% of the Bank’s workforce, and augments the special $500 holiday bonus these colleagues received in the fourth quarter.
- Enhancing Berkshire’s investment in employee development and training programs to benefit our employees and bolster our current offering at AMEBU – American’s Most Exciting Bank University.
- Contributing $2 million to the Berkshire Bank Foundation which supports charitable organizations, scholarships, and volunteerism across Berkshire’s local communities. This will bolster the foundation’s endowment and allow for increased local giving. Last year we provided over $2 million to our local communities, complementing our employee volunteer program which helps our employees contribute over 40,000 hours of volunteer service each year.
“Berkshire’s unique culture is built on the recognition that our employees are our most important asset,” said Mike Daly, Berkshire’s Chief Executive Officer. “As an organization, we believe that taking care of our employees leads to more satisfied customers, healthier communities and higher returns to shareholders. We’re pleased to have the opportunity to further reward the team for their hard work and dedication to our customers, while also investing in their long-term professional development and furthering our overall commitment to the communities we serve.”