Amazon Reduces COVID-19 Isolation and Paid Leave for US Workers

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 8, 2022
Updated 2022/01/08 at 7:32 AM

Amazon told workers on Friday that they only need to isolate themselves for a week after testing positive for COVID-19, instead of 10 days, following updated US health guidelines.

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has caused an increase in cases in the United States and a shortage of workers in schools, airlines and companies. On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supported recent guidance that people who contract the virus can end their isolation after five days.

In a message to the team, which Amazon shared with Reuters, the online retailer said its new week-long privacy policy took effect immediately. Workers with the virus can receive up to 40 hours of paid leave, a reduction corresponding to the shorter period of isolation.

“Don’t come to work if you’re sick,” the message read. “Additional leave options are available to individuals who remain symptomatic for more than a week.”

The Wall Street Journal Before reported The news.

With hundreds of thousands of warehouse and logistics employees, Amazon is the second largest private employer in the US. Walmart, the largest, this week told workers it was halving [COVID-19] paid leave in accordance with current CDC guidance.

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