Facebook and Google are expecting jabs about office return

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Big tech firms are altering their return-to-work plans for employees, as Covid-19 cases rise in the US – with some stipulating that staff working in the office must be vaccinated.

Google stated that they would postpone a return of the office to 18 October.

Facebook joined the company in stating that US employees returning to work would need to have their vaccines.

Twitter stated that it will pause the reopening and closing of offices in San Francisco, New York.

For staff returning to work, the two Twitter offices were able to operate at 50% capacity.

The company stated in a statement that they were “continuingly monitoring local conditions and making necessary changes to prioritize the safety and health of our Tweeps”.

Twitter stated that it is committed to offering employees the opportunity to work remotely whenever possible.

Others tech companies have made return-to work plans that they either changed or re-evaluated

Apple reportedly delayed its planned return to work on-site until October.

Amazon previously stated that “corporate” employees would be able to return to work three days a week, in an apparent shift of policy.

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This comes at a time when the US government struggles to combat declining vaccination rates.

Recently, President Biden ordered that two million federal workers show proof of immunization or submit to mandatory testing.

Some tech companies are adopting a similar position.

Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, sent an email Wednesday to employees announcing that the company would continue a voluntary global work-from-home policy until 18 October.

The email also stated that “anyone who comes to work at our campuses will have to be vaccinated”.

This policy will initially be implemented in the United States, but it may expand later to other countries.

Google’s boss stated that the policies would be implemented in accordance with local regulations and conditions. The policy will only become effective once all vaccines have been made widely available. He said that more details about exemptions would soon be available regarding medical or other “protected reasons”.

Facebook also stated that US employees returning to their offices will need to have their vaccinations.

Lori Goler, vice president of Facebook, stated that there will be a procedure for people who are unable to be vaccinated due to medical reasons. She also said, “We will evaluate our approach in different regions as the situation changes.”

Ms. Goler stated that the company would prioritize safety and health when it returns to office.

Publited at Fri, 30 July 2021 11:17:17 +0000

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