Google, Other Tech Giants Extend Work From Home

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Google  (GOOGL) - Get Report is extending its work from home policy until summer 2021. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant is extending the policy until at least July of next year. Work from home has become the new normal for many, as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has forced people to stay at home. 

On July 15, tech giant Amazon  (AMZN) - Get Report extended its corporate work-from-home until January 8.

“We continue to prioritize the health of our employees and follow local government guidance,” an Amazon spokesperson said.

Similarly, Microsoft  (MSFT) - Get Report said its employees could continue working from home through October 2020. Apple  also told its staff that a full return to U.S. offices won't happen this year.

“If your store is closed, please sign up for Retail at Home, please talk to your manager, because we really need to make sure that we shift our teams to greet our customers remotely in this time,” Apple executive Deirdre O’Brien told its staff. “We may need to be working remotely for some period of time.”

In May, Facebook  (FB) - Get Report CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that as much as 50% of its employees could be working remotely within next 5 to 10 years. Another social media giant Twitter  (TWTR) - Get Report told its staff in the same month that they could permanently work remotely.

There has been an increase in the number of coronavirus infections in many states including California, Florida, South Carolina, North Dakota, Kentucky, and Hawaii.

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