Today, Google informed employees that it plans to allow some employees to return to their offices next month. Axios and the New York Times reported in an email saying “it is likely that we will begin to volunteer Googlers in some of our US offices”.
The company said The edge that the specifics of the reopening will depend on “specific criteria that include increases in vaccine availability and declining trends in COVID-19 cases,” but that does not require employees to be vaccinated. Last spring, Google was notable among companies that have sent employees home, providing an allowance to purchase the necessary equipment. At one point, he planned to reopen offices from last July, but the spread of the pandemic quickly changed that and has largely shut them down since.
Google’s return strategy is still scheduled for September, with clear hopes that by then widespread immunizations will ensure that more people are safely in the same space. CNBC has more details on what happens next, with policies detailed in another note. This report states that employees who wish to work remotely will need to apply in order to receive a maximum of 14 days per year, with up to 12 months allowed in “the most exceptional circumstances.”