From January 1, 2022 non vaccinated Kroger employees will no longer be eligible for two weeks of emergency paid leave if they are infected with Covid-19.
Store managers and other employees who are not vaccinated and not part of a union will have to pay an extra $50 a month for company health insurance.
The new crackdown on not vaccinated employees was announced in a company memo obtained by the Wall Street Journal, which also reported Kroger has been offering $100 payments to staff if they get vaccinated.
A spokesperson for Kroger told the newspaper that non vaccinated employees can use their earned paid time off or apply for unpaid leave if they contract Covid-19.
However critics questioned whether the rules would encourage non vaccinated, Covid-19 positive employees to go into work and spread the virus instead. Kroger is not the first US company to charge non vaccinated employees extra for health insurance.
Delta Air Lines announced in August that non vaccinated staff would be charged $200 extra per month to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for the passenger transportation company.
RT. com/ ABC Flash Point News 2021.