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Interesting memorandum to Walmart employees.

Coronavirus Information and Precautions

To: Walmart associates
From: Donna Morris, Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer - Walmart and Dr. Tom Van Gilder, Chief Medical Officer - Walmart

You've surely noticed the increase in media coverage surrounding the global spread of the coronavirus. We want to assure you that we continue to monitor the situation, and our focus remains on the health and welfare of our associates, our customers and our partners around the world.

We've set up an Emergency Operations Center task force, and we're in close communication with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other health organizations to help us respond properly. We'll address the needs of each store, club and support center in each of our markets, and adjust business operations and travel as needed. Your safety is our priority.

You've heard the term "coronavirus" used a lot recently. Coronaviruses are a type of virus. There are many of them and they are fairly common. COVID-19 is the name given to the disease caused by the new coronavirus that appeared recently in China. Because COVID-19 is new, you might be hearing information that is confusing or conflicting.

Here's what we know: The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu with fever, coughing and shortness of breath. It appears to mainly be spread through close person-to-person contact. It may be possible for someone to touch a surface or object with the virus on it and then touch their nose or mouth and become infected, but this is not the main way the virus spreads, according to CDC and other health experts.

In addition to all the normal things you do to stay healthy, the preventive measures are the same as for the flu or other viruses, according to CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

There has been a lot of information in the news about face masks, and it is important to understand face masks are not recommended by CDC for general use. The best uses for face masks as identified by CDC are for those who are sick to avoid spreading to others and by health workers and caregivers who are taking care of someone in a close setting.

We'll continue to share information as it becomes available and do our best to keep you informed about what we are doing as a company and how best to prevent the spread of the virus. If you have travel planned and have questions, please reach out to your manager.

We want you to know how much we appreciate your flexibility and commitment - especially in China, where associates have done exceptional work serving our customers during a challenging time.

Thank you, we're here for you, and we'll get through this together - just as we always do.
 

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Better to have and not need, than need and not have. Applies to everyone. Planning and preparation is a good thing.


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Stay home when you are sick (and we will fire you).
Walmart, just today, introduced paid time-off for sick days and other absences. Starting this weekend, Walmart employees can earn up to 48 hours of paid time-off they can use when they're sick or otherwise need to miss work.
 

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Walmart, just today, introduced paid time-off for sick days and other absences. Starting this weekend, Walmart employees can earn up to 48 hours of paid time-off they can use when they're sick or otherwise need to miss work.
Did everyone get an automatic 48 today? Or do they have to work a year to earn it?
 
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Search and you'll find the story about their paid time off on the web, it's called protected paid time off so they're protected from being fired.
I know numerous people who have worked at AND been fired from Wallyworld for being sick. My father was one of them. In a right to work state no reason is needed but his boss politely told him, his cancer treatments took too long.
 
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I know numerous people who have worked at AND been fired from Wallyworld for being sick. My father was one of them. In a right to work state no reason is needed but his boss politely told him, his cancer treatments took too long.
Employment-at-will is the term used for no reason is needed to terminate employment.

Right-to-work refers to employees that are able to work in a union shop, without having to join the union or pay regular union dues.
 

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I work at a large home improvement chain and we received a very similar email today
 

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I know numerous people who have worked at AND been fired from Wallyworld for being sick. My father was one of them. In a right to work state no reason is needed but his boss politely told him, his cancer treatments took too long.
And your father didn't fight that?
 

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I know numerous people who have worked at AND been fired from Wallyworld for being sick. My father was one of them. In a right to work state no reason is needed but his boss politely told him, his cancer treatments took too long.
Walmart was bad about taking care of their people, a friend worked for WM and out here in Calif the manager was charging $1 per day if you wanted to wear shorts (night stockers) during Summer. The way WM worded it they would be sued if they terminate due to being sick, lots of things happen at WM that should be illegal but they skate on them.

I haven't been in a WM for years and I won't set foot in one in the future.:thumb:
 

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Target wasn't much better when I worked there 20 years ago.

My favorite was cutting my hours almost to zero, for weeks, when I qualified for the medical and the pension. Thankfully my husband was supporting us.

Work put up some posters about a week ago and things have been OK so far.
 

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I know numerous people who have worked at AND been fired from Wallyworld for being sick. My father was one of them. In a right to work state no reason is needed but his boss politely told him, his cancer treatments took too long.
Someone who is as sick as he was would be let go by most corporations. They'll work with you for a while, but you can't expect them to hold your job forever. Can't you be happy for the average Josephine working at WM who now has the means to accrue sick hours?
 

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Walmart was bad about taking care of their people, a friend worked for WM and out here in Calif the manager was charging $1 per day if you wanted to wear shorts (night stockers) during Summer. The way WM worded it they would be sued if they terminate due to being sick, lots of things happen at WM that should be illegal but they skate on them.

I haven't been in a WM for years and I won't set foot in one in the future.:thumb:
That's unbelievable.
 
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