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Whole Foods Market to cut medical benefits for about 1,900 part-timers

Whole Foods Market is cutting medical benefits for a small portion of its workforce.

The grocer, which was acquired by Amazon in 2017, plans to cut medical benefits for part-time workers, reported Business Insider, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Currently, Whole Food employees who work at least 20 hours a week are eligible to participate in the company’s health-care plan. Under the new policy, however, employees will need to work at least 30 hours to be eligible for medical coverage through the company.

The change will affect a little under 2% of Whole Foods’ workforce, or about 1,900 employees, the report said.

“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,” a Whole Foods spokesperson told Business Insider. “All Whole Foods Market team members continue to receive employment benefits including a 20% in-store discount.”
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