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COVID-19: Google extends work-from-home for employees till July 2021; major firms likely to follow suit

Amid the surge in coronavirus cases, Google has announced that its employees will not be returning to the office until July 2021, Earlier, Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc, had said that Google’s workforce could work from their homes until the end of the year.

However, according to US media reports, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has now made the decision to extend the work-from-home facility after deliberations with senior executives at the firm.

In an email to employees, Pichai wrote, “To give employees the ability to plan ahead, we’ll be extending our global voluntary work from home option through June 30, 2021, for roles that don’t need to be in the office. I hope this will offer the flexibility you need to balance work with taking care of yourselves and your loved ones over the next 12 months.”

The Wall Street Journal had first reported that Google’s decision has pushed Alphabet, its parent company, to delay the comeback of its employees into the second half of next year.

The decision was reportedly influenced by different approaches to schools reopening across the country.

Google Chief Executive Sunad Pichai announced a new timetable in a companywide email to “give employees the ability to plan ahead,” according to The Washington Post.