Amazon offers unlimited sick days to prevent coronavirus spread

Daniel Fowler
March 14, 2020

Inc. has told its staff in NY and New Jersey that because of coronavirus concerns, they should work at home for the month of March.

An Amazon spokesperson informed # in assertion: "We proceed to work carefully with public and non-public medical specialists to guarantee we're taking the appropriate precautions as the state of affairs continues to evolve". This includes recommending that employees who are able to work from home in Seattle/Bellevue, the Bay Area, New York, New Jersey and the Lombardy region/Asti province of Italy do so through the end of March. Hourly employees could take unlimited unpaid time off this month, it said.

Amazon on Wednesday beefed up paid leave for workers quarantined due to the novel coronavirus or diagnosed with the COVID-19 illness.

Amazon employs some 798,000 employees.

Until late Wednesday, many of Amazon's thousands of warehouse workers, including in N.J., would have gone without pay if they had to stay home because of the virus.

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Amazon responses comes after the World Health Organisation earlier this week declared the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) a pandemic (it has previously been classified as an outbreak).

Schoettler expressed the importance of hundreds of restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops, retailers and other small businesses that surround the company's dozens of headquarters buildings, saying they "are a meaningful part of what give our neighborhoods the energy and vibrancy we all love".

Other tech companies have announced measures to help workers affected by the virus. In some cases, companies have committed to maintaining wages in spite of reduced hours. The decision had been made after Amazon's previous statement pay hourly salary to employees that choose to encourage the business amid coronavirus worries. Amazon intends to work with a third party to review grant applications from local businesses during the second half of March, with funds, which don't need to be repaid, to be disbursed in April.

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