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Walmart halves COVID-19 paid leave after CDC trims isolation guidance
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Walmart has halved its coronavirus-related paid leave after federal health officials shortened the isolation period for some Americans.
Under Walmart's updated COVID-19 emergency leave policy, employees who have been mandated to quarantine or have tested positive for COVID-19 will get up to one week of paid leave through March 31, 2022.
Previously, Walmart employees were given two weeks of paid leave.
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The retailer says the change in policy, which was shared with employees through a corporate memo, better aligns with the updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which cut isolation restrictions for asymptomatic Americans who catch the coronavirus from 10 to five days and similarly shortened the time that close contacts need to quarantine.