Facebook extends coronavirus work from home policy through the end of 2020

Some Facebook employees may not have to return to offices until 2021 thanks to COVID-19

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Facebook employees who have the ability to work from home will be allowed to continue their remote work through the end of the year, FOX Business has learned.

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The company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg will make an announcement about the new policy on Thursday, a Facebook spokesperson told FOX Business.

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“This is the next step in Mark’s March 16 announcement where he shared his return to work philosophy,” said Facebook’s spokesperson.

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The social media giant expects to open most of its offices on July 6, at the earliest. Employees who choose to return to work or need to be in an office setting to carry out tasks will be allowed to return when the official reopening takes place.

Additionally, Facebook will not hold any gatherings of more than 50 people until July 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“A variety of factors informed our decision including public health data (CDC, Johns Hopkins), government guidance and local nuances,” Facebook’s spokesperson wrote via email.

Facebook is still determining which employees need to return.

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In mid-April, Zuckerberg announced that the vast majority of Facebook’s employees would be required to work from home through at least the end of May.

“Most Facebook employees are fortunate to be able to work productively from home, so we feel a responsibility to allow people who don't have this flexibility to access shared public resources first,” he wrote.

Facebook was one of the first big tech companies to encourage work from home. In early March, days before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, the company had urged its employees in the San Francisco Bay Area to work remotely.

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Since then, Facebook has provided employees $1,000 bonuses for home or childcare expenses and has supplied Facebook-owned Portal video call devices, so workers can stay in the loop. Moreover, employees have been offered up to a month of paid leave to care for sick family members during this tumultuous time.