February 2, 2021 3:00 PM, EST

Ryder Provides Paid Time Off for COVID Vaccinations

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Ryder System Inc. will pay up to six hours for employees to get the coronavirus vaccine, the company said Feb. 1.

Employees will get three hours of paid time off to get the first vaccine, and an additional three hours for those treatments that require a second dose.

“The health and safety of our employees is our top priority, and we want to provide assurances to our workforce that they don’t need to worry about being penalized either in pay or PTO balance when getting vaccinated,” CEO Robert Sanchez said.

Ryder is not mandating any employee to get the vaccine but instead is trying to encourage them to take it themselves. The company also recognizes that groups like the elderly and first responders are getting priority with the vaccine. But it is working with industry trade associations and state authorities to have its workers prioritized as soon as possible.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, our team has been committed to creating a safe work environment by implementing sanitation stations and contactless interaction with our customers where possible, as well as paying sick leave to employees who have contracted the virus, and this paid vaccine decision was no different,” Sanchez said. “Two of our core values at Ryder are trust and safety, so it was an easy decision to extend this protection to our workforce.”

Ryder Supply Chain Solutions ranks No. 10 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America. It is No. 5 on the TT Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America. — Transport Topics

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