Amazon will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses a year for non-life-threatening medical treatment for its workers.
Amazon has announced that it will pay travel expenses for medical treatment of its staff in the United States, including abortions.
The message was sent to his workers on Monday and was seen by Reuters . It mentions that the company will assume up to 4 thousand dollars of travel expenses per year for these treatments, which “must not endanger the lives of the personnel.”
The announcement comes amid the controversial decision of the country’s supreme court to give interested parties the possibility of reversing the right to have an abortion in the country and even annul the historic 1973 ruling that legalized the procedure throughout the country.
If such proceedings take place, about two dozen states, including Oklahoma and Alabama, have laws in place to limit access to abortion.
This is how this “bonus” works
The new Amazon benefit , effective from January 1 retroactively, applies if an operation is not available within 161 kilometers of an employee’s home and virtual care is not possible, the message states.
The rebates Amazon announced Monday are not specific to abortion. They provide other treatments that are not life-threatening, such as cardiology, cell gene therapies, and substance use disorder services. Separately, Amazon offers up to $10,000 in annual travel reimbursements for life-threatening issues.
The news came the day Amazon stopped offering paid time off to US employees diagnosed with COVID-19, allowing them to take five days of excused unpaid leave instead.