Amazon cuts paid Covid trip time for employees after CDC coverage adjustments

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Amazon is cutting paid vacations for U.S. frontline workers who test positive for Covid-19 or who need to be quarantined after exposure to the virus.

All US-based Amazon employees who tested positive for Covid-19 and those who must be quarantined are now entitled to a week or up to 40 hours of paid vacation, according to a notice sent to employees by the Company viewed by CNBC.

An Amazon spokesman confirmed the policy change.

The e-commerce giant initially offered up to two weeks’ salary for all employees diagnosed with Covid-19 or quarantined, but cut down paid vacation in line with earlier guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on 10 days.

The company said it was adjusting its guidelines after reviewing “the CDC’s newly published guidelines,” which cut isolation requirements for asymptomatic individuals in half to five days. The updated recommendations also reduced the time it takes close contacts to quarantine.

The move mirrors that of Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, which announced on Wednesday that it would cut paid vacation in half in connection with a pandemic.

The way Amazon and other companies approach the virus has changed repeatedly as the pandemic continues and new variants emerge. Amazon recently reintroduced its mask requirement for all US workers, regardless of their vaccination status, due to the highly contagious Omicron variant.

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