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Amazon ends COVID-19 paid sick leave policy for workers

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Amazon is ending its paid vacation policy for U.S. employees diagnosed with COVID-19. The company told employees Saturday that workers with COVID-19 would receive up to five days of excused, unpaid time off. Amazon also said it was changing some COVID-19 policies as part of its “safe return to normal.” Something is loading.

Amazon announced to its employees on Saturday that the company was ending its paid vacation policy for employees with COVID-19 and “reverting to standard sick leave policies.”

Amazon employees in the United States will now receive up to five days of excused, unpaid time off after receiving a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the company’s announcement that was seen by Insider.

In early January, Amazon offered employees up to a full week of paid sick leave for employees diagnosed with COVID-19. Previously, the company gave employees two full weeks of paid leave for COVID-19.

An Amazon spokesperson told Insider that “employees can still use their sick leave if needed as well.”

Amazon will also no longer excuse employees’ time waiting for test results given that rapid tests are “widely available,” according to the employee announcement.

In its announcement to employees on Saturday, Amazon said it was changing several of its COVID-19 policies as part of “our return to normalcy safely where we can.”

“The continued mitigation of the pandemic, the continued availability of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19, and updated guidance from public health authorities indicate that we can continue to safely adapt to our pre-COVID policies. “, said the company.

Amazon also announced that it was ending its vaccination incentives and its practice of sending site-wide notifications of positive COVID-19 cases at its facilities, unless required by law.

The policy changes come amid a recent push for unionization at some Amazon warehouses, where workers have sought better working conditions, including wages, safety improvements and benefits such as sick leave.

Just a day before Saturday’s announcement, an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island wrapped up its labor campaign, and the National Labor Relations Board is expected to count ballots next week.

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