Google postpones mandatory return to power beyond January 10 – .

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Google postpones mandatory return to power beyond January 10 – .


December 2 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) said on Thursday it was indefinitely postponing its January plan to return to power around the world amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and some resistance vaccinations imposed by the company.

In August, Google said it would expect workers to come around three days a week from January 10 at the earliest, ending its voluntary work-from-home policy. Read more

Google executives told employees on Thursday that the company would extend the deadline beyond that date. Insider first reported the news.

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Google said the update was in line with its previous guidelines that a return to the workplace would not begin until January 10 and would depend on local conditions.

A man walks past an Alphabet Inc Google logo outside an office building in Zurich, Switzerland on July 1, 2020. REUTERS / Arnd Wiegmann

Nearly 40% of U.S. employees have walked into an office in recent weeks, Google said, with percentages higher in other parts of the world.

But CNBC reported last week that hundreds of employees protested the company’s mandate to vaccinate those working for contracts with the U.S. government.

Google was one of the first companies to ask its employees to work from home during the pandemic. It has around 85 offices in nearly 60 countries.

Europe has so far recorded 79 cases of the Omicron variant, first detected in southern Africa last month, the European Union’s public health agency said on Thursday. Read more

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Reporting by Deborah Sophia in Bengaluru and Paresh Dave in Oakland, California; Editing by Anil D’Silva and Richard Pullin

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