Kroger alters benefits for unvaccinated employees

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Kroger grocery, the parent company of Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market stores, is ending some benefits for unvaccinated workers, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal. The company will no longer pay emergency leave up to two weeks for unvaccinated workers who become infected with COVID-19. That policy was put into place when vaccines were unavailable. Additionally, unvaccinated nonunion and management workers will pay a monthly $50 surcharge for their company health plan. Changes are set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022. Kroger will continue to encourage workers to get vaccinated by paying $100 to all fully vaccinated employees.