Supermarket chain Kroger announced Tuesday it will eliminate paid emergency leave for unvaccinated employees who contract COVID-19 in addition to requiring some of them to pay a monthly $50 health insurance surcharge starting in 2022, according to a company memo.
The countryâ€™s largestÂ supermarketÂ chain, which employees roughly 465,000 workers, issued an internal company memo announcing the changes, which will start on Jan. 1, a company spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation.Â KrogerÂ is tightening their COVID-19 related policies as U.S. businesses face uncertainty over President Joe Bidenâ€™s recent federal vaccination mandate.
â€œWe have been navigating the COVID-19 pandemic for almost two years, and, in line with our values, the safety of our associates and customers has remained our top priority,â€ a Kroger spokesperson told the DCNF. â€œTo accomplish this, we created and amended several workplace policies at the onset of the pandemic to support our associates during immense uncertainty.â€
â€œThe administration of the vaccine to our associates has been an integral part of our efforts and continues to be a focus,â€ the spokesperson said.
The new rules will apply only to salaried, nonunion employees using the companyâ€™s health care plan, according to the memo, the WSJ reported. The Cincinnati-based grocery store has incentivized employers to get vaccinated with $100 payments.
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