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Amazon to reimburse employees $ 4,000 if they have to travel for an abortion | World news

Internet retail giant Amazon will reimburse employees up to $ 4,000 (£ 3,202) in travel expenses if they have to travel for medical treatments, including an abortion.

The decision makes Amazon the latest company, after Citigroup and Yelp, to respond to laws restricting access to abortion in some Republican states.

The report, seen by Reuters news agency, said Amazon will help force employees to travel for non-hazardous medical treatments.

The benefit, with effect from 1 January, applies retroactively if an operation is not available within 100 kilometers of an employee’s home and if virtual care is not possible.

Open to all employees

It is open to U.S. employees, and covered dependents, enrolled in the Premera or Aetna health plans, regardless of whether they work in a corporate office or a warehouse.

The reimbursement is not specific to abortion and also applies to other treatments, such as cardiology, cellular gene therapies and substance abuse treatment services.

Separately, Amazon offers up to $ 10,000 (£ 8,100) in annual travel fees for life-threatening problems.

The move indicates that companies like to attract and retain talent in locations that remain important to operations, despite legal changes affecting employee health.

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However, the announcement also comes a day after Amazon stopped offering paid time off to U.S. employees diagnosed with COVID-19, instead of giving them five days of excused unpaid leave.

Restrictive abortion laws sweeping the US

United States. The Supreme Court is due to rule at the end of June in a case that gives its Conservative majority a chance roll back abortion rights or even reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling.

About two dozen states, including Oklahoma and Alabama, have laws ready to restrict access to abortion if Roe’s ruling is reversed.

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In Oklahoma, abortion could be punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison.

It follows Texas, which in September introduced the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, which bans the procedure after doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat – about six weeks into a pregnancy – without exception for rape, sexual abuse, incest or fetal anomalies

Amazon to reimburse employees $ 4,000 if they have to travel for an abortion | World news

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