Effective immediately, Walmart will allow employees to stay home if they are unable to work or feel “uncomfortable” at work, according to a memo seen by Bloomberg News. To be paid for the time, employees will still need to use regular paid time off options, it said.
The retailer will also pay employees for up to two weeks if they or their workplace is placed under quarantine, and such absences won’t count against attendance, it said. Employees affected with the virus will also receive as much as two weeks of pay-- and if they can’t return to work after that time, “additional pay replacement” may be provided for up to 26 weeks for both full-time and part-time hourly associates, Walmart said.
The coronavirus outbreak has thrust corporate policies on paid leave and workplace practices into sharp focus, especially for the retail and
Walmart already said last week it is limiting all cross-border international travel to just “business critical” trips and also restricting domestic travel. It also said it would cancel a conference in Dallas.
The Walmart employee who tested positive for coronavirus and works at a store in Cynthiana, Kentucky, is receiving medical care, and her condition is improving, Walmart said in the memo.
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