Amazon is launching a program that would give a specific team of employees a 30-hour work week, The Washington Post reports. The employees will be a subset of Amazon’s technical team, and would earn 75 percent of what their 40-hour counterparts earn, but with the same benefits package. The group will consist of “a few dozen” employees, according to the Post.
IT’S NOT EXACTLY INNOVATIVE
As the Post points out, Amazon already offers part-time workers the same benefits as full-time workers, but this is the first time the company is offering the option to a specific team, including managers. Under Obamacare, companies are required to offer benefits to employees working more than 29 hours a week.
Last April, Amazon was criticized for being a stressful, overbearing place to work, and one that frequently put profit over its employees’ well-being. This could be a response to that, but offering workers the chance to work fewer hours for less money is not exactly a bold disruption of capitalism.
Those in the pilot program will have the option to move to full-time, the Post reports.