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Google extends work from home to summer 2021 amid pandemic

Google announced Monday that the company would extend its work-from-home order to summer 2021. File Photo by Asif Islam/Shutterstock
Google announced Monday that the company would extend its work-from-home order to summer 2021. File Photo by Asif Islam/Shutterstock

July 27 (UPI) -- Google said Monday that it will extend its COVID-19 work-from-home order to summer 2021.

The move makes Google the first major U.S. corporation to formally offer such an extended timetable before return to the office amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

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It will affect nearly all of roughly 200,000 full-time and contract employees across Google parent Alphabet.

"To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we are 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 told employees in an email, CNBC reported.

The work-from-home order previously would have expired in January, Google had said.

Amazon said in a blog on April 30 that employees that can do their work from home can continue to do so until at least Oct. 2. Since then, Amazon has extended its work-from-home order to Jan. 8, CNBC previously reported.

Apple and Facebook said employees are not expected to return to the office before the end of 2020.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told employees in an email in May that some employees working from home due to the pandemic could do so permanently, even after the COVID-19 lockdown passes, BuzzFeed News reported.

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