Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a panel at the CEO Summit of the Americas hosted by the United States Chamber of Commerce on June 09, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Google emailed the entire company on Friday about the landmark Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, explaining that affected state employees can apply for relocation without explaining why.
“This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects so many of us, especially women,” wrote Fiona Cicconi, Google’s director of human resources, in an email to workers, seen by CNBC. “Googlers can also request a relocation without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation.”
The memo does not say how many applications the company would approve and makes no promises. The company is still assigning relocations to employees who do not want return to their assigned physical office due to the company’s return-to-office policy, which began in April.
Google has over 30 locations across the United States
Cicconi also said he would be offering “support sessions” to employees in the coming days.
Google’s statement comes as companies across the country, including Amazon and Metasay they will pay for employees to travel for abortions if they are in states where it is prohibited after the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, rolling back the federal right to have an abortion.
When the decision was first disclosed, Google said it would offer travel benefits to employees seeking out-of-state abortion care. The Company’s Benefits Plan and Health Insurance Plan in the United States for full-time employees covers out-of-state medical producers who are not available where an employee lives and works, a added Cicconi in the memo.
When CNBC asked for comment Friday morning, a spokesperson said the company had nothing to add. He did not respond to requests for comment on Cicconi’s email or relocation details.
The company also did not respond to requests for comment on whether it will comply with potential requests from law enforcement for user data. Last month, a group of 42 Democratic lawmakers urged the Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a letter to stop collecting and retaining unnecessary or non-aggregated location data that could be used to identify people seeking abortions.
Here’s the full memo from Google’s chief human resources officer, Fiona Cicconi:
This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization quashing Roe v. Wade.
This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects many of us, especially women. Everyone will respond in their own way, whether it’s wanting space and time to process, expressing themselves, volunteering outside of work, not wanting to discuss it at all or any other thing. Please be aware of how your colleagues are feeling and, as always, treat each other with respect.
Fairness is extremely important to us as a company, and we share our concerns about the impact this decision will have on people’s health, lives and careers. We will continue to work to make reproductive health care information accessible through our products and will continue our work to protect user privacy.
To help Googlers and their dependents, our US health insurance and benefits plan covers out-of-state medical procedures that aren’t available where an employee lives and works. Googlers can also request a relocation without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation. If you need further assistance, please connect 1:1 with an HR consultant.
We will be hosting support sessions for Googlers in the US in the coming days. These will be published on Googler News.
Do not hesitate to lean on your Google community in the days to come and continue to take good care of yourself and others.