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Establishing an emergency relief fund, Amazon commits to two-week pay for workers affected by COVID-19

Amazon has instituted a new policy which will see all Amazon employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine receiving up to two-weeks of pay.
The additional pay is to “ensure employees have the time they need to return to good health without the worry of lost pay,” the company said in a statement.
That pay is in addition to unlimited paid time off for all hourly employees through the end of March, which the company announced as a policy to its workers last week.
The company also said it was setting up a relief fund with a $25 million contribution to support delivery service partners and drivers along with Amazon Flex participants and seasonal employees.
“We will be offering all of these groups the ability to apply for grants approximately equal to up to two weeks of pay if diagnosed with COVID-19 or placed into quarantine by the government or Amazon,” the company said.
The fund will also support employees and contractors who face financial hardships due to natural disasters, federal emergencies or personal hardship, the company said.
Amazon affiliated workers can apply to receive grant funding ranging from $400 to $5,000 per person.

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