Amazon won’t dock warehouse workers for missing shifts during coronavirus crisis
Amazon has relaxed its attendance policy for employees who “work from an office, store, fulfillment center, delivery station or sort center” during the month of March, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
The company sent a notice to employees on Sunday saying it will not count any unpaid time off and won’t assign attendance points if they’re unable to come to work.
Last week, Amazon told employees in Seattle, Bellevue and the San Francisco Bay Area to work from home if they can.
Amazon is relaxing its attendance policy for warehouse workers and other employees due to the continued spread of the coronavirus.
The company informed employees Sunday that it will not count any unpaid time (UPT) off should they need to take it during the month of March. Amazon made the change to ensure there are no repercussions for needing to stay home due to illness, the company told CNBC.
The change of policy applies to any employee whose job requires them to “work from an office, store, fulfillment center, delivery station or sort center,” according to a document obtained by CNBC. Amazon also told employees it will not assign attendance points if they’re unable to come to work. The company uses a point system to track employee infractions in a given period of time.
An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement: “We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure we are taking the right precautions and have implemented a series of preventative health measures for employees, delivery and transportation partners at our sites around the world.”
The spokesperson added that Amazon has increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning at all of its sites, asked employees to defer non-essential travel, moved to hosting video-based interviews for job candidates and communicated to employees to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when soap isn’t available. Amazon is also requiring that employees sanitize and clean their work stations and vehicles at the start and end of every shift, the spokesperson said.