Google is dealing with pushback from a few of its 12,000 laid-off staff. CNBC has discovered that over 100 ex-staffers have fashioned a “Laid off on Go away” group asking Google to pay for the complete leaves they have been authorized to take earlier than the January twentieth layoff announcement, together with parental, medical and caregiver depart. Whereas the corporate stated in early 2022 that it was extending all parental depart to 18 weeks for full-time employees (24 weeks for start dad and mom), it informed terminated staff that they’d get 16 weeks of severance pay plus two weeks for each added 12 months of employment, with paid break day included.
The group members say the method has not solely impacted their parenting plans (together with those that had just lately given start), 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 folks to seek out alternate options.
In an announcement to Engadget, Google repeated its 16-week severance pay plan and famous that outgoing staff could be eligible for normal wage and shares for his or her “60+ day” discover window. Google claims its lodging for folks on depart evaluate “favorably” with these of different corporations.
The affected individuals are demanding that CEO Sundar Pichai and different administration rapidly make clear the depart coverage. Google is poised to finalize severance phrases as quickly as March thirty first.
Google is much from alone in creating potential points for employees laid off whereas on depart. Quite a few tech giants have introduced mass layoffs previously a number of months as they grapple with a tricky financial system. Nonetheless, the uproar at Google highlights one of many issues these corporations face: they beforehand promised in depth advantages to draw would-be hires, however now must rethink these perks as they minimize prices.