Amazon Covid Paid Leave | Amazon ends Covid paid leave for US workers

Giant online retailer Inc. will end its paid leave policy for employees with COVID-19 from May 2, the company told US-based staff on Saturday.

The change follows the availability of Covid-19 vaccines and revised guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he said.

U.S.-based staff will now receive five days of justified, unpaid leave following a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19, Amazon told workers in a message provided to Reuters.

“We can continue to safely comply with our pre-Covid policies,” the company said, citing the protracted easing of the pandemic, the availability of vaccines and treatments, and updated public health guidelines.

The changes come amid a stream of challenges for Amazon after a recent attempt to unionize some warehouses. In April, workers at his New York warehouse voted to form the first union.

On Saturday, Amazon said it will stop site-wide notifications of positive cases in facilities unless required by law, as well as efforts to encourage vaccination.

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In January, Amazon reduced paid leave for workers with the virus to one week or up to 40 hours. Before that, they had two weeks of paid leave for Covid-19.

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