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Google aims to partially reopen its offices July 6 for up to 10% of its workers, with plans to boost that to about 30% of capacity by September, according to a memo CEO Sundar Pichai sent to employees Tuesday.

Why it matters: As we've reported, most large tech companies are in no rush to return their workers to the office on a large scale. However, many are preparing for a slow reopening for those workers who do want to be in the office, as well as for jobs like hardware design and engineering that are challenging to do remotely.

Details: Workers will be allowed in the office on a timed, rotating basis, Pichai said. The company will focus first on those who need to work out of the office and let others who want to do so in if space permits.

  • "There are a limited number of Googlers whose roles are needed back in office this calendar year. If this applies to you, your manager will let you know by June 10," Pichai wrote. "For everyone else, returning to the office will be voluntary through the end of the year, and we encourage you to continue to work from home if you can."
  • The company also said it will allow employees that are working from home to expense up to $1,000 on gear for their home office.
  • The plan was earlier reported by CNET.

Go deeper: Many tech workers won't be going back to the office

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MGM Resorts to lay off 18,000 furloughed workers

The Mirage Hotel & Casino on August 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

MGM Resorts International plans to lay off 18,000 furloughed workers beginning on Monday, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: The number represents a quarter of the resort giant's U.S. workforce and highlights how the hospitality sector has been ravaged by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

White House says it expects federal contractors to be vaccinated by Dec. 8

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The White House said in new guidance Friday that it expects millions of federal contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.

Why it matters: Companies with federal contractors have been waiting for formal guidance from the White House before requiring those employees to get vaccinated, according to Reuters.

CDC director maintains Pfizer booster recommendation for high-risk workers

Rochelle Walensky listens during a confirmation hearing on July 20. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky on Friday reiterated her decision to go against a recommendation by a CDC advisory panel that refused to endorse booster shots for workers whose jobs put them at high risk for contracting COVID-19.

Driving the news: "Our healthcare systems are once again at maximum capacity in parts of the country, our teachers are facing uncertainty as they walk into the classroom," Walensky said at a Friday briefing. "I must do what I can to preserve the health across our nation."