Amazon extends work from home option till June

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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc AMZN.O told employees whose work can be done from home on Tuesday that they could do so until June, extending the time to return to the office due to the COVID pandemic 19.

“Employees who work in a role that can be performed effectively from home are encouraged to do so until June 30, 2021,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed statement Tuesday, adding that the guidelines were applicable worldwide.

Amazon previously allowed this option until January.

The development comes less than three weeks after the world’s largest online retailer said more than 19,000 of its U.S. frontline workers contracted the coronavirus this year.

Some staff, elected officials and unions have said in recent months that Amazon is endangering the health of employees by keeping warehouses open during the pandemic.

“We have invested significant funds and resources to ensure the safety of those who choose to come to the office through physical distancing, deep cleaning, temperature controls and by providing face covers and hand sanitizer. Amazon spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

In May, Twitter Inc TWTR.N has become the first major tech company to allow employees who can work remotely to do so indefinitely.

Other tech giants have extended the option of working from home for their employees with Microsoft Corp saying MSFT.O earlier this month it will allow most employees to work remotely for up to half of their weekly working hours.

Facebook Inc FB.O had said it would allow its employees to work from home until July of next year, while Google GOOGL.O had extended the remote work period for employees who did not. need to be in the office until June.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel

Original © Thomson Reuters

Originally posted 2020-10-21 00:16:10.

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