Technology giant Google plans to keep its 200,000-member workforce at home through July 2021 over concerns of the coronavirus.
Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google parent company Alphabet, made the decision last week, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“I know it hasn’t been easy,” Pichai wrote in a memo to employees Monday. “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.”
Other technology companies, including Microsoft and Apple, have pushed back time frames, but Google is the first to extend work-from-home orders through the next year. Before the extension, Google employees expected to return to the office in January.
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