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Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Contributor via Getty Images The grocery company, Kroger, is ending some of its perks for unvaccinated workers as vaccine mandates and policies across the country continue to adapt to the changing political and legal landscape.
As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Kroger Co. told workers last week that it will not be giving paid emergency leave for two weeks if an unvaccinated worker gets COVID-19, unless local policies obligate something different.
“Kroger will also add a $50 monthly surcharge to company health plans for unvaccinated managers and other nonunion employees, according to a memo viewed by The Wall Street Journal. Both policies are effective Jan. 1, the memo said,” The Journal noted.
Most grocery stores reportedly haven’t implemented a testing or vaccine requirement. Executives in the business note that they are cautious to substantially alter policies over concerns that employees might leave their jobs. “ They have also said costs continue to rise for labor and transportation,” the outlet added.
The Journal noted, “A Kroger spokeswoman said the company is modifying policies to encourage safe behaviors as it prepares to navigate the next phase of the pandemic, and that the changes are designed to create a healthier workplace and workforce. […]
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