Aug 4, 2021 - Economy & Business

Return-to-work plans keep getting foiled by the Delta variant

Pattern of office chairs with a single image of the coronavirus virus breaking up the pattern.

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Companies that were eager to call employees back to the office are delaying those return dates as coronavirus infections keep rising.

The big picture: The Delta variant is throwing us back into the thick of pandemic-era living, with new restrictions at restaurants and gyms and complications to return-to-work plans.

Driving the news: J.P. Morgan is the latest firm to reconsider its return-to-work plans, Fox Business' Charles Gasparino reports.

  • And Morgan Stanley is sticking with its post-Labor Day return plan, but will enforce a daily health check and require employees to disclose whether or not they've been vaccinated, Gasparino notes.

Worth noting: The Wall Street firms have been among the most adamant that employees should stop teleworking and return to the office.

A number of other companies — including Google, Indeed and Apple — are already pushing back return dates due to the Delta variant.

  • There's also a growing list of firms that are requiring employees to get vaccinated.
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