THE WHAT? Walmart has changed its paid sick leave policy to align with the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new isolation policy following exposure to or testing positive for COVID-19, according to a report published by Reuters.
THE DETAILS A memo seen by the news outlet, addressed to US-based hourly store staff and long-haul drivers, informed employees that they would be entitled to one-week’s leave if required to isolate or quarantine.
Walmart is said to be one of the first major retailers to cut paid leave for those who test positive for COVID-19 or have been identified as a close contact.
THE WHY? The adjustment reflects the change to official guidance, which has halved the isolation period from 10 days to 5 days.