Amazon will remove paid leave for workers who contract the coronavirus if they are not fully vaccinated. According to an internal memo, unvaccinated workers will have to wear masks in the warehouse while their vaccinated colleagues can go without masks. The changes are expected to take place on March 18, according to Business Insider.
Business Insider reports that Amazon workers who contract the coronavirus and have not been fully vaccinated will no longer be eligible for paid time off starting March 18. because they have been fully vaccinated.
The memo read, “There has been a sharp decline in COVID-19 cases across the country in recent weeks. Along with the increase in vaccination rates across the country, this is a positive sign that we can return to the path of normal operations.
Amazon’s latest policy change comes shortly after a number of Democratic-ruled US states announced plans to roll back mask mandates. Amazon reintroduced mask warrants to its warehouses in December following an increase in cases caused by the Omicron variant.
In January, Amazon announced it was reducing the number of days workers could take off after contracting the coronavirus from ten to seven days following the CDC’s revision of its guidelines.
New York State sued Amazon in February 2021, alleging the company endangered workers and failed to provide adequate coronavirus protections.
“While Amazon and its CEO have made billions during this crisis, hard-working employees have been forced into unsafe conditions and faced retaliation for legitimately raising these concerns,” the attorney general said. of New York, Letitia James, in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
“Since the start of the pandemic, it has been clear that Amazon has prioritized profit over people and failed to ensure the health and safety of its workers.
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