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Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Twitter reopened its New York office as well as its San Francisco headquarters Monday, though employees will be able to continue working remotely as long as they wish.

Why it matters: Tech companies are trying to accommodate both those employees who want to return to an office and those who have come to prefer working remotely. Twitter is among the companies giving workers the choice.

  • "Some of us are nervous extroverts or live in tight quarters without good focus space," CFO Ned Segal said in a Twitter thread. "Others will feel unshackled from meetings, urban areas, face time, or a century's office norms, free to avoid a commute, small talk, or even traditional hours."

The big picture: Not all companies are leaving the choice in their employees' hands. Some, like Dropbox, are going primarily remote, while others, including Apple and Amazon, are requiring most workers back in the office at least part-time later this year.

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Southwest opens a loophole in its vaccination policy

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

Southwest Airlines is dropping its plan to put unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave if they haven’t received a religious or medical exemption by the Dec. 8 federal deadline.

Driving the news: Employees will be able to continue working if they follow mask and distancing guidelines until their exemption request has been reviewed, per a staff memo first reported by CNBC.

Oct 20, 2021 - Health

New York City announces COVID vaccine mandate for all public workers

A health care worker administering a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to a student in Staten Island in August. Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday announced an expanded COVID-19 vaccine mandate that covers all of the city's public employees, including police officers and firefighters.

Why it matters: Around 71% of city workers have already satisfied the mandate by receiving at least one dose. The remaining 46,000 unvaccinated employees will have to receive their first dose by Oct. 29 or will risk being placed on unpaid leave until they can show proof of a first dose, the Wall Street Journal reported.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.