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-owned Whole Foods will provide medical benefits to hundreds of part-time employees as of January 1, 2020, the company said Thursday.
In the past, employees needed to work at least 20 hours a week to qualify for the health plan. Now they will need to work at least 30 hours. Less than 2% of the workforce, or 1
The news was first reported by Business Insider.
"To better meet the needs of our business and create a more equitable and efficient planning model, we are transitioning to a single part-time structure," a company spokesman said in an email. "We provide team members with resources to find alternative health care coverage options or to explore eligible health care positions from 30 hours per week. All Whole Foods Market team members continue to receive employment benefits including a 20% in-store discount."  In 2018, Amazon raised the minimum wage to $ 15 for all employees, including those at Whole Foods. Amazon also announced last week that it had plans to add more than 30,000 permanent jobs to its technology, business and fulfillment departments.