Amazon extends Work from Home till June 2021

Daniel Fowler
October 23, 2020

Amazon will allow employees now working from home to continue doing so through June, the company said Wednesday.

"We continue to prioritize the health of our employees and follow local government guidelines", an Amazon spokesman said in a statement.

The announcement comes three weeks after Amazon said over 19,000 of its frontline employees in the U.S. had contracted COVID-19. "The workers who are in a position that can easily be performed from their homes are invited to do so until 30 June 2021".

Amazon is allowing its corporate employees to avail the work from home option, if their roles permit, till June 2021. Athena, a coalition of activist groups campaigning for greater regulations on Amazon, accused the company of allowing COVID-19 to "spread like wildfire in its facilities, risking the health of tens of thousands of people who work at Amazon-as well as their family members, neighbours, and friends".

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We have invested significant funds and resources to keep those who choose to come to the office safe through physical distancing, deep cleaning, temperature checks, and by providing face coverings and hand sanitizer.

Moreover, there are many other tech giants who have extended the work from home policy for their employees.

Amazon is following in the footsteps of several tech companies that have extended their home business policies until at least early 2021, including Apple, Facebook and Uber. Now, Amazon employees whose work can be done from home will be able to work from home till June 2020.

Amazon has now told staff whose work can be done from home that they can do so until June 2021. Microsoft said earlier this month that the company will allow employees to work up to half of their work hours remotely.

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