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Walmart Halves Paid Leave for Workers With Covid After CDC Shift

An employee wearing a protective mask pulls carts towards a Walmart store in Lakewood, California.

An employee wearing a protective mask pulls carts towards a Walmart store in Lakewood, California.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

Walmart Inc. is cutting paid leave in half for workers who test positive for Covid-19 or have to quarantine after exposure to the virus, offering only one week through March 31 rather than two.

Employees who catch Covid and are unable to return to work after a week may be eligible for pay replacement for as long as 26 weeks, a company spokeswoman said. The reduction in paid leave was reported earlier by Reuters.