Amazon to make exceptional payments to those laid off

BENGALURU: Amazon, which recently announced that there would be layoffs in January, will give employees being fired two months of salary as per the contractual obligation, along with additional two months’ salary, sources said. These sources also said that the company will make exceptional payments to these employees based on the tenure they have served in the company. Amazon did not respond to TOI’s mail on the queries sent to them on the issue. Last week, TOI had reported that Amazon will sack 1,000 employees, which is 1% of its workforce in India. Amazon has 1 lakh employees in India. Amazon’s CEO Andy Jassy had said that between the previous round of layoffs and the upcoming one on January 18, a total of 18,000 employees will be sacked from the company. Meanwhile, the labour commissioner’s office in Pune has sent a notice to Amazon regarding implementing the voluntary separation policy (VSP) to lay off employees. The department has summoned Amazon on January 17.In November, Amazon sent a note on a VSP where eligible employees would have the opportunity to resign voluntarily from employment in exchange for the VSP benefits. The VSP had to be submitted via smart forms between November 16 and 30. It included a lump sum severance payment equivalent to 22 weeks base pay, plus one-week base salary for every six months of service, up to twenty weeks paid severance, plus medical insurance coverage for six months as per its insurance benefit policy or equivalent insurance premium amount.