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More companies likely to keep employees working from home until 2021 due to COVID-19

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The list of major companies announcing that employees can solely work from home until at least 2021 due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic remains small, but the number is likely to rise. In recent research conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), about 17% of the HR leaders in some 2,284 US companies reported their organizations will move to permanent work-from-home policies in the future for their employees.

Workplaces haven’t been the same since COVID-19 stay-at-home orders began across the US in mid-March to try to slow or stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus . Several large US companies, including Facebook and Zillow, have announced that workers can stay home to do their jobs until at least 2021 . Twitter has gone even further, telling its employees that they never have to return to their offices and can do their jobs remotely “forever,” according to a company blog post.

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Capital One has announced that employees can work from home until after Labor Day , while Amazon has said that many of its employees can continue remote work until at least October, according to a New York Times report. Nationwide Insurance will permanently shut five offices around the US in response to the virus, which will leave about 4,000 affected employees permanently working from home, the story said.

Even more drastic, Sagicor, the largest insurance company in the Caribbean, announced in April that its employees will […]

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