About 1,900 of Amazon’s Whole Foods employees will have their health benefits withdrawn by January 2020. The company announced this change in its business structure last September.
In the previous years, Whole Foods employees were required to work at least 20 hours a week to be eligible for the company’s health care plans. By 2020, the new policy will need the workers to work at least 30 hours a week to acquire medical benefits.
Approximately 1,900 employees or less than 2% of the company’s workers will be affected by the new structure. Thousands of part-time employees can no longer acquire Whole Foods’ medical coverage.
According to the company’s spokesperson in an email, “In order to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model, we are moving to a single-tier part-time structure.”
“We are providing Team Members with resources to find alternative healthcare coverage options or to explore full-time, healthcare-eligible positions starting at 30 hours per week. All Whole Foods Market Team Members continue to receive employment benefits, including a 20% in-store discount,” the company added.
Last year, Amazon employees, including workers from Whole Foods, are granted with a $15 raise on minimum wage. In an announcement last September, Amazon also mentioned its plan to add 30,000 more permanent jobs in its chosen departments like corporate, tech, and fulfillment.