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Amazon Offers Unlimited Paid Sick Leave To Workers Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Amazon is now offering all of its workers unlimited paid sick leave. This also includes part-time staff affected by the spread of coronavirus.


“The health and safety of our employees and contractors around the world continues to be our top priority as we face the challenges associated with Covid-19. Effective immediately, all Amazon employees diagnosed with Covid-19 or placed into quarantine will receive up to two weeks of pay.


“This additional pay while away from work is to ensure employees have the time they need to return to good health without the worry of lost pay. This is in addition to unlimited unpaid time off for all hourly employees through the end of March,” Amazon’s statement adds.


This means that Amazon employees can now take unlimited sick days leave this month. However, only those in quarantine for coronavirus will get the extra sick pay.


The standard number of sick days for US warehouse workers is just 10 days’ leave a year. This covers all holidays, sickness and emergencies.


Quarantined Amazon workers will now receive paid leave under the company’s policy. Photo: Bloomberg News.
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The company also set up a relief fund $25 million for its delivery partners, drivers, and others affected by coronavirus.


It explains its use:


“This fund will support our employees and contractors around the world who face financial hardships from other qualifying events, such as a natural disaster, federally declared emergency, or unforeseen personal hardship.”


Amazon had earlier made the decision to pay its hourly workers in its campuses after asking them to come to work throughout March 2020.


Other companies with gig workers like DoorDash, Lyft and Uber have also done similar. Their workers can get up to two weeks of sick pay if diagnosed with or quarantined because of COVID-19.


Postmates is also launching a fund that its delivery workers can use to pay COVID-19-related medical expenses.


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