Amazon told employees on Tuesday that because they can complete their work at home, they can complete their work before June. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon has extended the time to return to the office.
An Amazon spokesperson said in an email statement on Tuesday: “Employees who work to the point where they can effectively complete their work at home are welcome to complete their work by June 30, 2021.” The guidelines apply globally.
Amazon allowed this option earlier until January.
In less than three weeks, the world’s largest online retailer stated that more than 19,000 frontline workers in the United States have contracted the coronavirus this year.
In recent months, some employees, elected officials and unions have stated that Amazon has kept warehouses open during the pandemic, putting employees’ health at risk.
An Amazon spokesperson said on Tuesday: “We have invested a lot of money and resources to ensure the safety of those who choose to come to the office through physical distance, deep cleaning, temperature checks, and the provision of facial masks and hand sanitizers.”
In May, Twitter became the first large technology company to allow remote employees to work indefinitely.
Microsoft said earlier this month that other technology giants have extended their employees’ home work to their jobs, which will allow most employees to work remotely for up to half an hour a week.
Facebook has said that it will allow its employees to work from home until July next year, while Google has extended the period of remote work for employees who do not need to be in the office to June.
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