What Happened: The Jeff Bezos-led company earlier planned to let its employees work from home until early 2021 but is having to change course due to uncertainty surrounding school reopenings and closures forced by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
An Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg that it would follow local government guidance and said that the employees “who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so.”
The Seattle-based e-commerce retailer has invested “significant funds and resources” for those who intend to come to [the] office, the spokesperson added.
Why It Matters: Amazon has been under fire over the treatment of its warehouse and delivery workers during the pandemic. A warehouse worker alleged in May that hundreds of people contracted coronavirus and six died due to the disease.
The e-commerce giant earlier this month disclosed 19,816 employees — about 1.44% of its U.S. workforce — had contracted COVID-19.
Bezos earlier advocated a return to the office, saying in a note to employees, “much of the essential work we do cannot be done from home.”
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