Amazon cuts COVID-19 leave time for U.S. employees

Amazon on Friday cut its paid leave policy for employees infected with COVID-19 from 10 days to 7 following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s change in quarantine guidance.

Driving the news: The new policy is effective immediately and applies to all U.S. employees, regardless of vaccination status, according to a memo sent to employees, which was viewed by Axios.

  • “Additional leave options are available for individuals who remain symptomatic beyond one week,” the company said.

What they’re saying: “Throughout the past two years, we have consistently based our response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the advice of our own medical experts,” the company said.

  • “After reviewing the newly released guidance from the CDC, we are updating Amazon’s COVID-19 isolation and quarantine policy.”

The big picture: The change in guidance comes less than two weeks after the CDC shortened its recommended isolation time for people who test positive for COVID-19 from 10 days to five days if they’re asymptomatic.

  • Many companies and universities have adopted the new guidance as a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant is raising concerns over labor shortages.
  • Walmart announced Wednesday that it was cutting leave related to COVID-19 in half, CNBC reports.

Go deeper: CDC director: New K-12 isolation guidance will help keep schools open


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