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Amazon extends its work from home until October 2

Image:-Amazon Inc. has told staff whose job can be done from home that they will be able to do so until at least Oct. 2, pushing the timeline for many employees to return to work as it faces scrutiny of conditions in their warehouses.

"Employees who work in a role that can be effectively done from home are welcome to do so until at least October 2," an Amazon spokesman said Friday in an emailed statement, adding that it applied globally to such roles.

The statement did not specify how much of the total workforce covered by the company, and which roles.

It said the company is investing funds in safety measures for employees who want to come to the office "through physical distancing, deep cleaning, temperature controls and the availability of face coverings and hand sanitizer."

New York Attorney General Letitia James told Amazon last week that, as the company fired a warehouse protest leader in March, it may have violated safety measures and labor practices amid the virus outbreak.

Workers at warehouses and other facilities have remained operational to keep deliveries in government-mandated lockdowns flowing to customers stuck at home.

Since March other staff members have been working from home.

The company raised overtime pay for warehouse workers and last month hired 175,000 people while rival brick-and-mortar retailers were forced to shut down stores. As of 31 December it had 798,000 full and part-time workers worldwide.