Google Maps Contract Workers Lock Horns With Management Over Returning To Office Policy

  • Alphabet Inc GOOG GOOGL Google Maps contract workers are amid a standoff with their vendor Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp CTSH on resuming back office, Bloomberg reports.
  • The workers who are paid an hourly rate of $16 - $28 and do not enjoy the same perks as direct employees are also subject to the company's broader push to bring workers back to their offices without much leverage to exceptions. 
  • Cognizant informed contract workers that their in-office work would be mandatory starting June 6.
  • “Cognizant’s return to office policy is based upon a hybrid model and the number of days in office versus remote varies based on the kind of work employees do and our client requirements,” a spokesperson of the company told Bloomberg.
  • Recently, over 120 Google Maps contract workers urged Cognizant to allow them to continue working from home, highlighting the financial and health concerns.
  • Workers sought a flexible working model citing multiple difficulties, including finding affordable or consistent child care with short notice, high costs of commuting, and relocating due to rising housing prices.
  • The higher costs of commuting due to increased gas prices were the most common difficulties that the workers faced.
  • Multiple companies have faced similar issues, including Google.
  • Editor's Note: The story has been updated with Cognizant's comments on the policy
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