Coronavirus-Related Emergency Leave Policy Announced by Walmart

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Walmart's 1.4 million hourly U.S. workers will be allowed to take time off without penalty if they're worried about the spread of the new coronavirus, the company said Tuesday.

The new emergency leave policy also provides store, club, office or distribution center hourly workers up to two weeks pay if told to go into quarantine by the government or by Walmart, the Associated Press reported.

Workers who are off work after testing positive for the coronavirus will also receive two weeks of pay. If they can't return to work after two weeks, they may receive additional pay for up to 26 weeks, according to the nation's largest employer.

On Tuesday, Walmart said a worker at its store in Cynthiana, Ky., tested positive for illness caused by the new coronavirus. An internal memo says the worker is receiving medical care and her condition is improving, the AP reported.

The store remains open after Walmart conferred with state officials.

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