IT companies expand Covid care facilities for employees

BENGALURU: IT services companies are lending a helping hand to their employees to cope with the health challenge thrown by the second wave of the pandemic. Infosys said that employees who have contracted or are recovering from Covid will get 21 days of additional paid leave.
The company has set up employee Covid care centres in Pune and Bengaluru. The Pune centre will be managed by Ruby Hall hospital, and the Bengaluru one by Manipal Hospitals. Covid-related medical treatments are covered under group employee insurance.
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“Infosys has also tied-up with testing labs. It has collaborated with emergency ambulance providers in major cities, and partnered with 1,490 hospitals, in 242 cities in India, to enable treatment for its employees and their family members,” the company said. Its teams are working with its medical partners to accelerate the vaccination programme.
Capgemini India employees and their dependents infected with Covid will be covered if they require home care facilities under company medical insurance.
Last week, Wipro had organised a vaccination camp at its Electronics City campus for Bengaluru-based employees. “We are facilitating complimentary pre- and post-vaccination support as well as vaccination reimbursement for our employees and their spouses. We have also launched the nurturing wellness platform, which offers doctors, nutritionists, health coaches, virtual consultations, and 24×7 emergency care experts,” the company said.
Cognizant allows its employees to avail of involuntary absence for the entire 14-day quarantine period and follow that up with sick leave. It has also made a special provision for insurance to cover Covid treatment at home.
TCS has undertaken a vaccination drive for its eligible employees and their dependents, through its hospital tie-ups across locations. “Taking into cognizance, the recent directives of the government, we are working out modalities of vaccination drive in direct partnership with suppliers,” a TCS spokesperson said.