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12/15/2021

Kroger to reportedly end COVID-19 benefits for unvaccinated workers

Unvaccinated workers at Kroger will no longer be eligible to receive up to two weeks paid emergency leave if they become infected with COVID-19, according to a report.

Kroger is setting some new policies that it hopes will encourage more of its employees to get vaccinated. 

Unvaccinated workers at Kroger will no longer be eligible to receive up to two weeks paid emergency leave if they become infected with COVID-19, according to a report by The Hill. The news was first reported by The Wall Street JournalThe emergency leave policy was put into place last year when vaccines were unavailable.

[Read More: Kroger’s strong Q3 results fueled by consumers opting to dine at home]

Also, starting Jan. 1, Kroger will also start charging a $50 monthly fee to unvaccinated salaried workers and managers who are enrolled in a company health care plan. Unionized workers and non-union hourly workers will not be charged that fee.

Kroger will still offer various leave options for employees who contract the virus, including earned paid time off and the ability to apply for unpaid leave. The company will continue to incentivize workers to get vaccinated, giving a $100 bonus to all fully vaccinated employees.

[Read More: Kroger, Instacart partner on convenience item delivery service]

Kroger has about 465,000 workers as of Jan. 31, according to a regulatory filing.

This story originally appeared on Chain Store Age

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