Amazon workers will no longer be paid for Covid leave

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, a worker sorts packages at the departure dock of the Amazon fulfillment center in Eastvale, California.

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Amazon is cutting paid vacation for frontline U.S. workers who test positive for Covid-19, starting Monday.

All U.S.-based Amazon workers who test positive for Covid-19 will now receive up to five days of justified, unpaid leave, the company told workers in a notice sent Saturday. A spokesperson said CNBC workers are still able to use their sick time off as needed.

In Saturday’s notice, Amazon added that workers awaiting Covid test results will no longer have free time, as rapid tests are now widely available.

The e-commerce giant slowly withdrew its Covid policies as vaccines became more widely available and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its lead. The company initially offered up to two weeks of paid leave for employees diagnosed with Covid-19 or quarantined. In January, the company Reduction in paid vacation time a week or up to 40 hours.

As part of the recall, Amazon will stop sending sitewide notifications of positive cases in its facilities unless required by law. The company will also eventually incentivize vaccination efforts, he said.

“The prolonged easing of the pandemic, the continued availability of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, and updated guidelines from public health authorities, all signal that we can continue to safely adjust to our pre-COVID policies,” the company said in the report. notice.

The decision will likely spark a backlash from pro-union workers for those who are fighting better working conditions and more benefits at its warehouses. The move comes the day after an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island in New York he closed his union initiative. The National Labor Relations Board will begin counting ballots on May 2.

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