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Amazon ends PTO policy for workers with COVID-19

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Amazon has changed its PTO policy in light of increasing covid cases. Employees can still use their accrued sick time, said Amazon. Amazon ends its PTO policy and will no longer grant seven days of paid time off (PTO) to its employees having COVID-19. The company announced it in its internal memo obtained by The Verge. Starting from Monday, Amazon will only offer up to five days of unpaid leave. The workers also have an option of using accrued paid sick leave. Initially, Amazon used to provide 14 days of PTO at the start of the pandemic. Later it was reduced to one week in line with the updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). Now the company says that workers with confirmed covid cases can submit e request for the paid leave as per the standard sick leave policy.

The request can be submitted without the vaccination status. The company also made it clear that workers will not be given excused leave during the waiting period for COVID-19 test results. The company cited that the result will not take time because of the availability of rapid tests.

Amazon ends its PTO policy for workers

Amazon has also ended its vaccine incentive program. The vaccine incentive program of amazon used to provide $40 to its workers for every dose of COVID-19 vaccines they receive. Company will also not notify the whole workplace about the positive COVID cases unless it is required by law. Amazon is adjusting its pandemic-related policies. The company ended the mask requirement for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated workers in the warehouse from February 2022.

The easing of the pandemic and the availability of vaccines for COVID-19 vaccines. Along with the updated guidance from the health authorities signal that we can adjust to our pre-COVID policies. The company clarifies its position on the pandemic by saying that they are continuously monitoring the situation. They are also it testing seriously and will adjust its policies according to the situation.

Final note

Amazon announced the policy a day after the LDJ5 Amazon Warehouse in Staten Island, New York ended the election of its Union. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is totally election votes on Monday. If the warehouse votes in favor of unionizing, it will become the second warehouse of Amazon to have a union. In April, the warehouse near Staten Island became the first to unionize.

 

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