Amazon announces pay incentives for US employees who travel for abortions and other treatments

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E-commerce giant Amazon.com took a stand on Monday against the current situation. Republicans push for limited access to abortiontelling his employees that he would pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses for non-life-threatening medical treatment, including abortion.

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The movement is like leaked Supreme Court opinion suggests that a conservative court may reverse Rowe vs. Wadehistorical law making abortion legal.

In a message sent to employees, received by ReutersAmazon has told its employees that the new work allowance will apply to an employee if the operation cannot be completed within 100 miles of their home and virtual assistance is not available. According to the memo, this will be introduced for all corporate and warehouse employees or covered dependents enrolled in Premera or Aetna health plans.

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The Amazon exemption will go into effect in January 2023. It covers all non-life-threatening treatments, not just abortion, including cardiology, cell-based gene therapy, and addiction treatment services.

However, the move is on the heels of other big companies – Citygroup and most recently Yelp for creating work benefits that are in conflict with state laws governing legal changes to employee health benefits. Other companies have also taken a stand. Lyft and Uber have publicly said they will cover the legal costs of drivers facing criminal charges. New Texas Law Restricts Access to Abortionswhich came into force in September 2021.

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By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case, which gives Republican majority a chance to change abortion rights and even reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized the procedure nationwide. Several US states currently have laws restricting access to abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

Amazon recently stopped offering paid leave to US employees diagnosed with COVID-19, instead giving them five days of unpaid leave for good cause. Amazon uniona group of current and former employees who regularly seek higher wages and job security.

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