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· Amazon’s Whole Foods to Cut Medical Benefits for Part-Timers
· Whole Foods will take away healthcare from some of its employees starting January 1
Amazon’s Whole Foods to Cut Medical Benefits for Part-Timers
By Spencer Soper, Bloomberg
September 12, 2019
Amazon.com Inc.-owned Whole Foods Market is changing medical benefit eligibility requirements next year that could leave as many as 1,900 part-time workers without coverage.
Employees will have to work at least 30 hours a week to qualify for a healthcare plan beginning Jan. 1, up from the current eligibility requirement of 20 hours, the company said in an emailed statement. The change will affect just under 2% of the chain’s workforce, Whole Foods said.
“We are providing team members with resources to find alternative healthcare coverage options, or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible positions starting at 30 hours per week,” a company spokesperson said via email...
Whole Foods will take away healthcare from some of its employees starting January 1
By Michael Grothaus, Fast Company
Beginning January 1, 2020, Amazon-owned Whole Foods will end healthcare benefits for some of its employees, Business Insider reports. The company will cut medical and health benefits for up to 1,900 of its workers.
Currently, Whole Foods employees who work at least 20 hours per week are eligible for healthcare benefits, but the company is bumping the hourly threshold for medical benefits to a minimum of 30 hours per week in the new year.
Amazon confirmed the news on Thursday, but argues less than 2% of Whole Food’s workforce will be affected by the changes. A Whole Foods spokesperson said there was a silver lining to taking away some of its employees’ healthcare: Those employees would still get a 20% discount for things they buy at Whole Foods: