Factbox: Corporate America revamps back-to-office plans on Omicron threat


Jan 11 (Reuters) – Companies across the United States are revising their back-to-office plans, driven by rising uncertainty around the Omicron COVID-19 variant that has pushed up infections to record levels in the world’s biggest economy.

U.S. financial firms were among the first to encourage employees to return to offices, but rising cases have forced most of the major banks to rethink their plans and tighten vaccination mandates. read more

 Here is a list of companies that have taken new actions as Omicron cases rose:

Latest action
Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O)
Delays office reopening to March 28 from Jan. 31, mandates booster jabs for workers returning to office read more
Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O)
Delays January return-to-office plan globally for an indefinite period of time read more
Amazon.com Inc
Shortens isolation to one week from 10 days for those testing positive for COVID-19 after updated guidance from the CDC read more
Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O)
Will require U.S. workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing read more
Walmart Inc (WMT.N)
Reduces paid leave for workers testing positive for COVID-19 to one week from two weeks after updated CDC guidance read more
Kroger Co (KR.N)
Will stop providing paid COVID-19 leave for unvaccinated employees and will apply $50 monthly health insurance surcharge to salaried non-union workers who are unvaccinated read more
Chevron Corp (CVX.N)
Postponed a scheduled January full return to office for its two largest U.S. work sites, did not specify new return date read more
Bank of America (BAC.N)
Offers on-site vaccine booster clinics, encourages employees to work remotely
Citigroup (C.N)
Will begin implementing a ‘no-jab, no-job’ policy for employees starting Jan. 14, unless they have been granted an exemption read more
Goldman Sachs (GS.N)
Encourages eligible U.S. staff to work from home until Jan. 18, offices will continue to remain open with previously announced COVID-19 safety protocols read more
JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N)
Offers staff option of working from home for the first two weeks of 2022, with a caveat that all employees are expected to return to office no later than Feb. 1 read more
Morgan Stanley (MS.N)
Asks employees, contractors and visitors to show proof of vaccination before entering its New York headquarters
Wells Fargo & Co
Delays plans for employees to return to the office “given the changing external environment” read more
Jefferies (JEF.N)
Asks staff to work remotely until Jan. 31, according to a post on Instagram from the investment bank’s chief executive officer read more
Ford Motor Co. (F.N)
Says it will push return-to-work hybrid plan to March as the state of the COVID-19 pandemic remained uncertain read more

Compiled by Nivedita Balu, Akash Sriram, Praveen Paramasivam and Nathan Gomes in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath