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More US companies cut paid sick leave for Covid-19 – RT Business News

Largest U.S. pharmacies cut sick leave for workers with Covid-19, after retailers Walmart and Amazon did the same last week

Drugstore chains Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Health Corp have cut paid sick leave for workers who test positive for Covid-19, the companies said on Tuesday.

The two companies said they would offer five days of paid leave to all full-time and part-time vaccinated workers who test positive for the virus. Walgreens noted that unvaccinated workers with approved medical or religious exemptions would also receive paid vacation pay. CVS added that it may offer more days off with pay in cases where state or city laws provide for it.

The move comes after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its paid vacation policy, now recommending that people infected with the virus self-isolate for five days instead of 10. two drugstore chains were offering up to two weeks of paid vacation before the CDC. announcement.

Last week, retail giant Walmart also cut paid sick leave to one week for lone U.S. workers or those who test positive for Covid-19, as well as e-commerce conglomerate Amazon, which has announced on Jan. 8 that workers infected with the virus would receive up to 40 hours of paid sick leave instead of two weeks.

The CDC’s new recommendations for shorter isolation periods come as more companies complain about staff shortages. The US airline industry was hit hard during the holidays, for example, as bad weather and understaffing led to many flight cancellations. However, Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines still give employees 10 days of paid sick leave if they test positive for Covid-19, as well as United Airlines, which said this week it would have to cut its schedule further because around 4 % of its U.S. personnel are still on leave with Covid-19.

U.S. carrier Delta Airlines reduced its Covid-19 sick leave on December 28 to five days and two more days if staff test positive again on day five. However, the company was criticized after reports Last week, he alleged that Delta told his staff he was due to come to work while he was still mildly feverish or if anyone in his household tested positive. Delta criticized the reports as “defamatory. “

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