Google Maps employee must return to office work or quit

After an announcement mandating a return to in-person office work by June 6, Google’s workforce provider Cognizant suggested its employees seek other opportunities if they run into trouble.

The news comes shortly after other big tech companies, such as Apple, scaled back their return-to-office plans.

With web conferencing software Used in nearly every US industry, it’s no surprise employees are fighting back-to-work mandates.

Google contractors demand equal rights

Speaking to Bloomberg, one employee – who works at Google Maps under Google’s labor provider Cognizant – suggested Google contractors don’t have the same rights or flexibility over where to work. work than Alphabet employees. This was highlighted in an email from a human resources representative who said he may ‘explore other possibilities with other clients’ in response to his request for a medical exemption, following of four lung surgeries.

According to the article, more than 120 Google Maps contractors have signed a letter urging management to give them the option to continue working from home until their concerns — cost of travel, childcare, etc. — have been resolved. – are resolved. A company representative suggested the policy was fair, but with an hourly rate significantly lower than Google’s average salary, contractors wonder if they should be under the same pressure to return to the office as workers. full-time when entrepreneurs simply cannot afford the financial cost.

“No worker should be paid so little that they can’t afford gas to show up for work,” Ashok Chandwaney, a Google software engineer, said in a statement. “And Google can and should set a higher standard for pay and policy transparency for TVCs. [temps, vendors and contractors].”

Jose C. Birney