Articles by news websites Vice and Common Dreams affirm that Whole Foods CEO suggested its employees donate their paid time off to coworkers.
The articles say that its CEO John Mackey emailed the grocery store employees a list of benefits and options for those who would fall sick during the coronavirus pandemic. He had also suggested that the employees donate their paid time off (PTO) to coworkers who are facing medical emergencies because of COVID-19.
The Whole Foods executive said that the team members who have a medical emergency or death in their immediate family can receive donated PTO hours, not only from team members in their location but also from across the United States.
The Vice article includes a statement by an Amazon spokesperson as an update which says that the PTO donating practice is a longstanding Whole Foods Market program from before Amazon's acquisition of the supermarket company.
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