How Walmart's COVID-19 Employee Policies Could Impact the Entire Industry

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On Tuesday, Walmart  (WMT) - Get Report announced that it was taking extra steps to ensure the safety of its employees.

"As the COVID-19 situation has evolved, we’ve decided to begin taking the temperatures of our associates as they report to work in stores, clubs and facilities, as well as asking them some basic health screening questions. We are in the process of sending infrared thermometers to all locations, which could take up to three weeks," said Walmart in a statement. "Any associate with a temperature of 100.0 degrees will be paid for reporting to work and asked to return home and seek medical treatment if necessary. The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days."

And, additionally, Walmart will allow their employees to wear masks.

"Today we are also sharing more guidance with our associates regarding masks and gloves. While the CDC and other health officials do not recommend masks or gloves for healthy people who don't ordinarily use them for their jobs, we will make them available — as supplies permit — for associates who want to wear them," Walmart said in the statement.

So, what does this mean for the larger industry?

Rebecca Rose Woodland, litigator and legal analyst, joined TheStreet to break it all down. 

Watch the video above for more.

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