Walmart cuts paid leave in half, as CDC guidance changes

An employee scans grocery items for pickup order at a Walmart Inc. store in Burbank, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019.

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Walmart is cutting pandemic-related paid leave in half — from two weeks to one week — after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut isolation requirements last week for asymptomatic people with Covid and shortened the time that close contacts need to quarantine.

The big-box retailer announced the policy change in a memo sent to employees on Tuesday, which was obtained on Wednesday by CNBC.

In the memo, the big-box retailer said that through March 31 it will provide paid time off for employees who are mandated to quarantine by a health care provider, government or Walmart or fail a health screening or those who test positive for Covid. It said employees who qualify will be paid for one week.

This story is developing and will be updated.