Aug 5, 2021

Amazon delays office return until 2022 as Covid spreads

Amazon has told its US corporate staff not to return to the office until next year as Covid continues to spread.The online shopping giant previously asked staff to work from home until 7 September, but will now extend this until 3 January 2022.It comes as new Covid infections surge across America, with with daily cases at an average not seen in months. The lender, which has almost 260,000 employees, said it would also give staff eight hours of paid time off to enable them to get vaccinated. Investment giant Blackrock is postponing the date it expects all staff to be back in the office by a month to 1 October. "We are following the Delta variant in different parts of the country and closely monitoring the latest guidance from public health officials and local government authorities that encourages people to wear masks in indoor public spaces in areas of substantial or high transmission," said BlackRock's chief operating officer, Rob Goldstein, in a memo to staff. Amazon, which is not mandating vaccines, said it would continue to follow local government guidance to ensure a safe office return, including asking all unvaccinated staff to wear masks in the workplace.

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