Google CEO Sundar Pichai addresses a panel at the CEO Summit of the Americas hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on June 9, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
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Google on Friday issued a company-wide email about the Supreme Court’s historic ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, explaining that employees in affected states can request a move without explaining why.
“This is a profound shift for the country that is profoundly affecting so many of us, especially women,” he wrote Fiona Cicconi, Google’s chief people officer, in an email to employees, seen by CNBC. “Googlers can also request a move without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation.”
The note doesn’t say how many requests the company would approve and makes no promises. The company is still in the process of allocating relocations for employees who do not wish to return to their assigned physical office due to the company’s return-to-office policy implemented in April.
Google has more than 30 locations in the US
Cicconi also said it would offer “support sessions” for employees in the coming days.
Google’s statement comes as companies across the country, including Amazon and Meta, say they will pay for employees who travel to obtain abortions if they are in states where they can, following the Supreme Court decision on Friday, Roe v. Overthrowing Wade is prohibited from supporting federal abortion law.
When the ruling was first leaked, Google said it would give travel benefits to employees who want out-of-state abortion treatment. The company’s U.S. benefit plan and full-time employee health insurance plan cover out-of-state medical manufacturers that are not available where an employee lives and works, Cicconi added in the memo.
When CNBC reached out for comment Friday morning, a spokesman said the company had nothing to add. It has not responded to requests for comment on Cicconi’s email or move details.
The company has also not responded to requests for comment on whether it will comply with potential law enforcement requests for data relating to users. Last month, a group of 42 Democratic lawmakers wrote in a letter calling on Google CEO Sundar Pichai to stop collecting and storing unnecessary or non-aggregated location data that could be used to identify people seeking an abortion.
Here’s the full memo from Fiona Cicconi, Google’s Chief People Officer:
This morning, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, reversing Roe v. Wade.
This is a profound shift for the country that is profoundly affecting so many of us, especially women. Everyone will respond in their own way, whether it’s having space and time to process, speak up, volunteer outside of work, not want to discuss it at all, or something else entirely. Please be mindful of your colleagues’ feelings and, as always, treat each other with respect.
Justice is extremely important to us as a company, and we share concern about the impact this ruling will have on people’s health, lives and careers. We will continue to work to make reproductive healthcare information accessible through our products and continue our work to protect user privacy.
To support Google employees and their families, our US benefit plan and health insurance covers out-of-state medical procedures that are not available where an employee lives and works. Google employees can also request a move without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation. If you need additional support, please connect 1:1 with a People Consultant.
We will be arranging support sessions for Google employees in the US in the coming days. These will be posted in Googler News.
Please do not hesitate to rely on your Google community in the coming days and continue to take good care of yourself and each other.
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