SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yelp will cowl the journey bills of staff who should journey out of state for abortions, becoming a member of the ranks of major employers attempting to assist employees affected by new restrictions in Texas and different states.
The profit introduced Tuesday covers all 4,000 staff on the on-line assessment service, however appears most definitely to have its greatest quick influence on its 200 employees in Texas, which has handed a regulation banning abortions throughout the state after six weeks of being pregnant.
“We’ve lengthy been a robust advocate for equality within the office, and consider that gender equality can’t be achieved if girls’s healthcare rights are restricted,” stated Miriam Warren, Yelp’s chief variety officer.
Different states, including Oklahoma, are are also clamping down on abortions prompting Yelp, based mostly in San Francisco, and several other different firms to attract up insurance policies aimed toward serving to their employees get reproductive well being care in different states.
Final month Citigroup, based mostly in New York, disclosed plans to cowl the journey bills of any of its greater than 220,000 staff, 1000’s of whom work in Texas, who journey to a different state for an abortion.
The 2 largest U.S. ride-hailing companies, Uber and Lyft, final yr introduced they may pay the authorized charges for drivers who may get sued beneath the brand new Texas regulation for transporting a passenger to an appointment for an abortion.
The insurance policies expose firms to potential backlash from those that help abortion restrictions, however they could possibly be a bonus for employers with a footprint in states like Texas in an more and more aggressive job market.