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Amazon.com Inc has told staff whose job can be done from home that they can do so until at least Oct. 2, pushing out the schedule on a return to work for many employees as it faces inspection over conditions in its warehouses.
“Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until at least October 2,” an Amazon spokesman said in an emailed affirmation on Friday, saying it was applicable to such roles globally.
The statement did not categorize how much of the company’s overall workforce that covered and which roles.
It said the company is putting funds in safety precautions for employees who wish to come to the office “through physical distancing, deep cleaning, temperature checks, and the availability of face coverings and hand sanitizer.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James told Amazon last week it may have violated safety measures and labor practices amid the virus outbreak as the company fired a warehouse protest leader in March.
Other employees have been working from home since March.