Amazon extends pay raise for warehouse workers but ends unlimited unpaid time off policy amid COVID-19 (AMZN)
- Amazon announced on Friday that it’s extending the pay increase for warehouse workers in the US and Canada until May 16.
- But it’s ending the unlimited unpaid time off policy and returning to normal attendance policy starting May 1.
- The change is the latest in a series of changes Amazon has made amid the coronavirus outbreak, as it faces worker protests over its safety conditions.
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Amazon is extending the temporary pay raise for warehouse workers in the US and Canada that was supposed to end this month, but will terminate the unlimited unpaid time off policy as scheduled.
Early last month, Amazon said it would double overtime pay and increase hourly wages by $2 for its warehouse workers through the month of April, while offering unlimited unpaid time off for those who didn’t feel comfortable coming into work as the coronavirus pandemic worsened.
In a note sent to warehouse workers on Friday, Amazon said, “We’re extending the $2/hr wage increase and double overtime pay through May 16 … Also we are returning to our normal attendance policy on May 1.”