Google is going through pushback from a few of its 12,000 laid-off workers. CNBC has discovered that over 100 ex-staffers have shaped a “Laid off on Go away” group asking Google to pay for the total leaves they have been authorized to take earlier than the January twentieth layoff announcement, together with parental, medical and caregiver go away. Whereas the corporate stated in early 2022 that it was extending all parental go away to 18 weeks for full-time workers (24 weeks for beginning mother and father), it advised terminated workers that they’d get 16 weeks of severance pay plus two weeks for each added 12 months of employment, with paid time without work included.
The group members say the strategy has not solely impacted their parenting plans (together with those that had not too long ago given beginning), however has additionally disrupted healthcare. Some former employees inform CNBC they misplaced entry to Google’s in-house medical care the day they obtained their layoff notices, denying them entry to ongoing in-person remedy. Google has supplied digital physician’s appointments, however has in any other case requested affected individuals to seek out alternate options.
In an announcement to Engadget, Google repeated its 16-week severance pay plan and famous that outgoing workers could be eligible for normal wage and shares for his or her “60+ day” discover window. Google claims its lodging for individuals on go away evaluate “favorably” with these of different firms.
The affected individuals are demanding that CEO Sundar Pichai and different administration rapidly make clear the go away coverage. Google is poised to finalize severance phrases as quickly as March thirty first.
Google is way from alone in creating potential points for employees laid off whereas on go away. Quite a few tech giants have introduced mass layoffs prior to now a number of months as they grapple with a tricky economic system. Nonetheless, the uproar at Google highlights one of many issues these firms face: they beforehand promised in depth advantages to draw would-be hires, however now need to rethink these perks as they lower prices.