Amazon cuts paid Covid leave time for workers following changes to CDC guidance

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  • Amazon said all US employees who test positive for COVID-19 and who require quarantine will now be eligible for a week or up to 40 hours of paid leave.
  • Earlier, Amazon offered up to two weeks of paid Covid leave.
  • Amazon’s decision follows updated recommendations from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week that asymptomatic people with Covid-19 isolate for five days instead of ten.

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Amazon is cutting paid vacation time for US front-line workers who test positive for COVID-19 or have to quarantine after being exposed to the virus.

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Amazon said all US employees who test positive for Covid-19 and who are required to be quarantined will now be eligible for up to a week or 40 hours of pay, according to an employee notice, published by Businesshala. Was seen.

An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the change in policy.

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heroine initially offered Up to two weeks’ pay for any worker diagnosed with Covid-19 or placed in quarantine, but later shortened its paid leave to ten days, according to guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The company said it was adjusting its policy following a “review of newly issued guidance” from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which cut isolation requirements for asymptomatic people with COVID-19 from 10 to five days . The updated recommendations have also shortened the time close contacts need to be quarantined.

Amazon is following in the footsteps of Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, which announced on Wednesday it would halve pandemic-related paid leave.

Amazon and other companies’ outlooks on the virus have shifted repeatedly as the pandemic spread and new Covid versions emerged. Amazon recently reinstated its mask mandate for all US workers, regardless of their vaccination status, as a result of the highly contagious Omicron variant.

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