Walmart revises leave policy in face of virus

Walmart revises leave policy in face of virus

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Walmart, one of the nation's largest employers with more than 1.4 million USA workers, is reporting that a store worker in Cynthiana, Ky., has tested positive for the coronavirus, though no details about how the employee contracted the illness were made public.

In addition, hourly employees who work in a store, club, office or distribution center will receive up to two weeks' pay if they are required to quarantine by the government or by the retailer.

The nation's largest private employer said Tuesday that a worker at its store in Cynthiana, Kentucky, tested positive for the COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. "We wish her a speedy recovery", Furner wrote. If they are not able to return to work after that time, additional pay replacement may be provided for up to 26 weeks for full-time and part-time hourly employees. The retailer consulted with state and local health experts after learning of the case, reinforced its cleaning and sanitizing protocol, and the store remains open after Walmart conferred with the state government.

Given the rapid spread of the virus in other regions and countries, Walmart said any employee not feeling well should stay home. But those employees who are not confirmed cases of COVID-19 will either not be paid or will have to use regular paid time-off options, according to the statement.

Walmart is deploying an emergency leave program for its employees.

The coronavirus outbreak has thrust corporate policies on paid leave and workplace practices into sharp focus, especially for the retail and restaurant industries where so many employees are needed at stores. They may stay home from work if they are unable to work or feel "uncomfortable" at work as the attendance policy is loosened through April or if they fall under a mandatory quarantine, they will receive up to two weeks of pay and not be penalized for under the company's attendance policy, CNBC said.

"Walmart is looking to see how we can best support our associates. we are implementing first of our kind benefits for associates", Adam Stavisky, senior VP of Walmart U.S. benefits, told CNBC.

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