Many businesses have stepped up to support their female employees who may soon be impacted by the historic ruling after the Supreme Court. Abortion will not automatically become illegal in the US – but individual states will now be allowed to decide if and how to allow abortions.
A total of 13 states have already passed “trigger laws”, which come into effect upon Roe v Wade being overturned, to outlaw abortion.
More than 20 states are making moves to limit access, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Given the widespread implications for half the workforce in anti-abortion states, experts have said companies based in jurisdictions with abortion bans will face repercussions around recruitment and retention and even possible legal jeopardy.
Before the ruling, some businesses began offering support for employees affected by the court’s long-predicted decision. Others have remained largely silent on the issue.
Let’s examine some of the businesses that have pledged to support for their employees and what promises they have made.
Meta said it intended to reimburse travel expenses where permitted by law, “for employees who will need them to access out-of-state health care”.
“We are in the process of assessing how best to do so given the legal complexities involved,” a spokesperson added.
Through its US health insurance, Netflix currently provides travel reimbursement coverage for full-time US employees and their dependents who must fly for cancer treatment, organ transplants, gender affirming services, or abortion.
Each employee and their dependents are eligible for a $10,000 lifetime allowance for each service.
According to a document first acquired by CNBC, JPMorgan Chase, one of the biggest employers in the US financial sector, has informed staff that it would cover travel expenses to states where abortions are permitted.
The memo dated June 1 which was part of an an internal communication outlined expanded medical coverage that would start in July.
Paramount’s CEO Bob Bakish sent an email to the company’s staff stating “In the face of this uncertainty, we want to be very clear what will not change at Paramount.”
His email summarized the company’s health policy, including the provision for reimbursement of travel-related costs “if the covered health service, such as abortion, is prohibited in your area.”
According to a Reuters report, Disney reportedly told staff that, despite the abortion ruling’s effects, the company is still dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to high-quality healthcare, including family planning and reproductive services.
The expense of employees travelling to another location for care, even to get an abortion, will be covered by the company’s benefits, it stated.
Google’s chief people officer, Fiona Cicconi told employees that the company’s health insurance covers out-of-state medical procedures and that employees can also “apply for relocation without justification.”
“To support Googlers and their dependents, our US benefits plan and health insurance covers out-of-state medical procedures that are not available where an employee lives and works. Googlers can also apply for relocation without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation.”
“Ensuring access to safe, legal, high-quality health care is one of our most important priorities,” the pharmacy giant said in a statement to Insider. “We will continue to provide colleagues, clients, and consumers with the flexibility to choose medical and pharmacy benefits to best suit their needs, including making out-of-state care accessible for our covered employees residing in states that have instituted laws that limit access in their state.”
Dick’s CEO Lauren Hobart posted on LinkedIn, saying she’s protecting her employees’ health and well-being.
“In response to today’s ruling, we are announcing that if a state one of our teammates lives in restricts access to abortion, DICK’S Sporting Goods will provide up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursement to travel to the nearest location where that care is legally available. This benefit will be provided to any teammate, spouse or dependent enrolled in our medical plan, along with one support person,” the retail CEO said.
“We recognize people feel passionately about this topic, and that there are teammates and athletes who will not agree with this decision. However, we also recognize that decisions involving health and families are deeply personal and made with thoughtful consideration,” she added
The careers platform said in a statement that: “Employees who are on Indeed insurance will be reimbursed for travel expenses for covered medical procedures that are unavailable where they live.”
“At Indeed, we believe that work needs women, and women need access to safe and affordable health care,” the statement reads. “Anything that limits the freedom of women to make their own decisions about their health hurts them and society. Limiting access to safe and affordable health care will hit hardest in marginalized communities, especially people of color and those in lower income brackets.”
In a statement to Insider, a spokesperson said the real estate company supports its employees’ rights to make their own healthcare choices.”Our health benefits cover a wide range of reproductive health care services — including abortion, whether patient-elected, medically necessary, or both. And, effective June 1, we updated our health plan to reimburse up to $7,500 each time significant travel is necessary to access health care, including reproductive services or gender-affirming care. Moving forward, we will continue to ensure our coverage includes safe access to reproductive health care.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said the tech giant will cover employees who “travel out-of-state for medical care if it is unavailable in their home state.”
The rideshare company promised legal support for drivers at risk of lawsuits for driving passengers to abortion appointments.
“We believe access to healthcare is essential and transportation should never be a barrier to that access,” a Lyft spokesperson told ABC News. “This decision will hurt millions of women by taking away access to safe, and private reproductive healthcare services.”
Representatives for the Texas automaker said in May that the company would foot the bill for employees traveling to receive “healthcare services.”
Bentley de Beyer, the company’s global head of human capital management, stated in a memo sent on Friday afternoon that ” we have extended our healthcare travel reimbursement policies to include all medical procedures, treatments and evaluations, including abortion services and gender-affirming care where a provider is not available in proximity to where our people live.”
Goldman CEO David Solomon in an internal statement said “this morning, the US Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, holding that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to choose to have an abortion. Millions of women are right now grappling with a new legal reality. I know many of you are deeply upset, and I stand with you.
As always ahead of it’s time, one of the biggest private-sector employers in the country, informed its staff in May, before the judgement was even announced, that it would cover up to $4,000 in travel costs each year for medical treatments, including abortions.
The benefit offered by Amazon is already active and is available to staff members working in corporate offices and warehouses.
Walmart representatives previously declined to comment on the company’s history of donating to anti-abortion politicians in states with so-called trigger laws. In states with the laws, abortion bans were set to automatically take effect once the court struck down Roe.
The restaurant-review platform Yelp said it would reimburse employees who needed to travel out of state for abortions. A Yelp executive also told Insider the company was contacted by executives at other firms curious about installing a similar benefit.
In a statement to Insider, Jeremy Stoppelman, co-founder and CEO of tech company Yelp reacted to the news.
“This ruling puts women’s health in jeopardy, denies them their human rights, and threatens to dismantle the progress we’ve made toward gender equality in the workplace since Roe,” he said. “Business leaders must step up to support the health and safety of their employees by speaking out against the wave of abortion bans that will be triggered as a result of this decision, and call on Congress to codify Roe into law.”
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki previously spoke out about the impending fall of Roe in May. According to Fortune, the tech CEO said, “I believe reproductive rights are human rights, and to take away a law and a right that we’ve had for almost 50 years will be a big setback for women.”
If you don’t see your company on the list, comment on the chat if your leadership remains silent or what is their pledge to support their female employees.