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Supermarket Chain Aldi Joins Growing List of Firms Paying Workers to Get COVID Vaccine

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Supermarket Chain Aldi Joins Growing List of Firms Paying Workers to Get COVID Vaccine

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German supermarket chain Aldi on Tuesday became the latest company in the grocery sector to offer incentives to U.S. employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine, in a bid to remove obstacles for workers who may be reluctant to get the jab for fear of losing wages or other concerns. The retailer, which has more than 2,000 stores in 37 states, will give up to four hours of pay to those hourly workers who choose to get inoculated against COVID-19, the company said in a statement (pdf). Salaried workers, meanwhile, will be offered flexible scheduling arrangements to make it less burdensome for them to get a shot. “Providing accommodations so employees can receive this critical vaccine is one more way we can support them and eliminate the need to choose between earning their wages and protecting their well-being,” said Jason Hart, chief executive of Aldi’s U.S. operations. Aldi said it will also cover …

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