Amazon settles with California over claims it concealed Covid-19 cases from warehouse workers

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  • Amazon reached a settlement with the California Attorney General on Monday, claiming it hid COVID cases from warehouse workers.
  • As part of the agreement, Amazon will make its move covid Safety measures including notifying workers of new COVID cases within a day.

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amazon on monday reached an agreement California’s attorney general claims he hid COVID-19 case numbers from warehouse workers.

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California State Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement that the company has agreed to notify warehouse workers within one day of new COVID cases as well as provide the exact number of cases in their workplace. He said Amazon employs thousands of warehouse workers in the state.

Under the agreement, which is still subject to court approval, Amazon will also notify local health agencies of new COVID cases within 48 hours and pay $500,000 for additional enforcement of California consumer protection laws, Bonta said.

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Amazon spokeswoman Barbara Agrit said there has been no change in the company’s protocols related to notifying employees who may have been exposed to Covid, nor does it allege any problems.

“We are delighted that this has been resolved and the AG did not find any significant issues with the security measures in our buildings,” Agrit said in a statement.

The agreement came in January after California implemented stricter COVID workplace rules as part of Assembly Bill 685, or “right-to-know” legislation. The regulations require businesses to report COVID cases to workers within one business day, among other conditions.

During the pandemic, Bonta said Amazon insufficiently informed warehouse workers and local health agencies about COVID case numbers, “often leaving them in the dark and unable to effectively track the spread of the virus.” “

Amazon sends notifications of new COVID cases to warehouse workers through its internal messaging portal, A to Z, and works to determine whether other employees—along with the person who tested positive—by reviewing on-site camera footage. Along came in contact with the interview workers.

Warehouse and delivery workers have previously criticized Amazon’s contact tracing and case notification protocol, claiming that they are insufficient.

Last year, then-California Attorney General Javier Becerra launched an investigation into Amazon’s treatment of warehouse workers during the pandemic.

The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration also fined Amazon last October for coronavirus safety violations at two warehouses in the state. The citation states that on one site, Amazon did not notify contracted delivery drivers of confirmed cases.

Amazon said at the time that it believed its coronavirus safeguards were “more than adequate”.

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