Tech giant Google has set new remote work guidelines in efforts to speed up plans to get staffers back to the office, according to CNBC.

  • Offices will reopen in a limited capacity in April based on the availability of COVID-19 vaccines and the downward trend in cases. Google is accelerating reopening plans in some states on a volunteer basis ahead of the September 1 deadline.
  • After September 1, employees who want to work remotely for more than 14 days per year will have to formally apply. They can apply for up to 12 months “in the most exceptional circumstances.” Employees can be called back to their assigned office at any point.
  • Google employees will be expected to show up in person three days a week starting September, marking a different approach from Facebook and Twitter that have allowed most remote work indefinitely.
  • The company confirmed the memos, and added that “permanent moves for personal reasons are still on hold.”