Whole Foods ending health benefits for part-time workers

Whole Foods ending health benefits for part-time workers

By Gary Dinges [email protected]

Hundreds of part-time Whole Foods Market employees just got some incredibly bad news.

The grocery chain, which is owned by e-commerce giant Amazon, will no longer provide them with health insurance as of Jan. 1, according to Business Insider.

The move affects about 2% of the retailer’s workforce. Whole Foods says it has 95,000 workers worldwide.

Previously, anyone who worked more than 20 hours each week could get health insurance through Whole Foods

Full-time employees will retain their health insurance, a company spokesperson told Business Insider.

Whole Foods said the change was made “to better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient scheduling model.”

Based in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods was acquired by Amazon in 2017. The chain has 504 stores in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Canada.

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