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As home delivery firms from Amazon to the US Postal Service to Instacart scramble to handle surging demand because of the coronavirus outbreak, each company is setting its own, sometimes contradictory, safety rules. Workers across the industry worry it is not nearly enough.
The US Postal Service has expanded paid time off, including to some part-time mail carriers. It’s also offering paid childcare due to school closures. But it doesn’t have masks, hand sanitizer, or, in some cases, gloves available for mail carriers.
Instacart, a grocery delivery startup, said employees who work inside grocery stores can use paid sick time without proof of infection. But it’s still
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