Amid the rising COVID cases, Meta has asked employees to work from home until March. The tech giant has not only delayed its plans to open office, but also made booster shots mandatory for all employees returning to office. Also Read - Twitter finally makes Communities available on Android
Facebook earlier announced to reopen office by January 31, but that has been pushed to March 28. The date might get extended further if the COVID cases do not drop until March. Also Read - No E3 in 2022. World's largest gaming expo reportedly cancelled due to surge in COVID cases
The tech company previously announced an office deferral program that provides flexibility to employees to return to office. So, if employees wish to return to the office they will need to wait for March 28, 2022. Also Read - Pandemic game has been removed from PC, Android and iOS: Here's a look why
Adding to the list of COVID protocols, Meta has announced the mandate of booster shot to return to office. Additionally, the company has urged all employees in the United States to get vaccinated against the COVID virus.
“We recognise that some employees aren’t quite ready to come back. We continue to offer a variety of options to choose what works best for them, so our employees can make informed decisions about where they work,” Janelle Gale, vice president, human resources of the company said in an official statement.
As per a Reuters report, Facebook employees have until March 14 to finalise if they want to work from the office or not. Employees who are not keen to come to the office can simply opt for full-time or temporary work from home.
The company also said that employees who are not vaccinated due to health or religious reasons can request work from home temporarily or even permanently. “Employees who take no action can face disciplinary measures, including termination. Obviously, this would be a last resort,” the Facebook spokesperson said.
Recently, Google said to take strict action against employees who are not vaccinated yet.
The tech giant has issued a memo to employees in which it mentioned that employees who fail to comply with the vaccination rules by January 18 will be put on “paid administrative leave” for 30 days. Following this, these employees will be put on “unpaid personal leave” for six months. If employees do not get vaccinated even then, they will be asked to leave the company.