Google is one of the first large tech companies to extend its work from home orders so late for its more than 200,000 employees, the Journal reported.
“To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we’ll be extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021 for roles that don’t need to be in the office,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a memo to employees seen by CNN. “I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”
"We continue to prioritize the health of our employees and follow local government guidance. Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until January 8th,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge.
Google had previously announced that its stay at home order would be in effect until the end of the year.
Facebook (FB) - Get Report has said that as many as 50% of its employees could be working remotely within the next five to 10 years while Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report announced earlier this year that it will allow some of its employees to continue working from home "forever" if they chose.
Companies across the country have made a push for employees to work from home as a way to combat the spread of coronavirus, which has infected more than 16 million people globally, killing nearly 650,000 in the process.
Google shares were up 1.8% to $1,535.20 on Monday morning.
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