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Amazon cuts ‘few hundred roles’ across Pharmacy, One Medical units

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Amazon has reportedly laid off hundreds of employees across its Pharmacy and One Medical divisions.

What’s happening at Amazon?

Neil Lindsay, who leads Amazon Health Services, told staff in a memo that the company has “identified areas where we can reposition resources so we can invest in invention and experiences that have a direct impact on our customers and members of all ages.”

“Unfortunately, these changes will result in the elimination of a few hundred roles across One Medical and Amazon Pharmacy,” Lindsay said in the memo, which was obtained by CNBC.

He added that affected employees will have an opportunity to apply for new roles within the organization.

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Amazon layoffs in Canada

It remains unclear if any Canadians working for Amazon’s Pharmacy and One Medical divisions have been let go.

According to the company’s LinkedIn page, it has more than 16,500 employees in the country.

Termination agreements for Amazon employees

In Canada, non-unionized employees at Amazon are owed full severance pay when they lose their jobs due to downsizing, corporate restructuring, or the closure of the business.

This includes individuals working full-time, part-time, or hourly in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.

People working “on contract” or as a contractor may also be owed severance pay — given that many employees in Canada are often misclassified as independent contractors.

Severance can be as much as 24 months’ pay, depending on a number of factors.

WATCH: Employment lawyer Lior Samfiru explains what rights employees have if they are being fired or let go on an episode of the Employment Law Show.

Before accepting a severance offer, double-check the amount using our firm’s free Severance Pay Calculator. It has helped millions of Canadians determine their entitlements.

In addition to your salary, make sure to factor in any other elements of your compensation (i.e. bonuses, commission, etc.).

If your employer’s offer falls short of what our Severance Pay Calculator says you are owed, it’s very likely that you have been wrongfully dismissed and should contact an experienced employment lawyer at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Non-unionized employees in Canada have up to two years from the date of their dismissal to pursue proper severance pay.

• Severance for provincially regulated employees
Rights to severance for tech sector staff
• Rights to severance during mass layoffs

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Major tech layoffs continue

The latest round of job cuts at Amazon come amid a flurry of tech sector layoffs in 2024.

Big names, including DocuSign, Snap, Zoom, Okta, PayPal, Salesforce, Microsoft, eBay, Wayfair, YouTube, Google, Instagram, and Discord, have also pulled out the axe as they continue to navigate challenging economic conditions.

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If you have been fired or let go for any reason, contact the experienced employment law team at Samfiru Tumarkin LLP.

Our lawyers in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C. have successfully represented tens of thousands of non-unionized individuals.

In addition to severance package negotiations, we can assist you on a broad range of employment matters, including:

If you are a non-unionized employee who needs help with a workplace issue, contact us or call 1-855-821-5900 to get the advice you need and the compensation you deserve.

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