Whole Foods workers enraged by reinstated time, attendance policy: ReportSeptember 11, 2020
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As the country continues to inch closer to reopening, American businesses are attempting to return to “normal.”
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This includes Whole Foods Market, which has reinstated its point-based time and attendance policy to the ire of some employees, according to a report from Business Insider.
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According to the policy, workers who are late or absent from their scheduled shifts receive points. Accruing up to three points warrants a counseling session with a manager and five points warrant a final warning and six points means termination. Typically, accrued points fall off an employee’s record after six months.
Whole Foods has suspended the policy at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
In recent weeks, the time and attendance policy has been reinstated at Whole Foods stores throughout the country with a 111-day extension for any points that were accrued before March 3 – a move that has surprised and angered employees who would have had their points expire otherwise.
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Amber Schottky, a Whole Foods worker in Chicago told Business Insider that she found out a point she had received in December did not expire after she received another point and had to sign a counseling statement for coming in late on June 27.
"I looked at the sheet and saw points that were supposed to drop off and hadn't," she told the news outlet. "I had worked really hard the last couple months … It felt like whiplash."
Schottky did not immediately respond to FOX Business’s request for comment. Other anonymous employees expressed they were not happy to see the points carry over, including a manager who said they feel bad having to carry out disciplinary action while the pandemic continues.
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However, a Whole Foods spokesperson told FOX Business that the company notified employees about its reinstated policy.