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Facebook to allow more employees to work remotely

The social media giant is expecting to fully reopen its US offices in October.

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Facebook's headquarters are based in Menlo Park, California, but the company has offices throughout the world.

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Facebook said Wednesday that it's giving more employees the option to keep working from home if their jobs can be done remotely.

The social media giant, which has more than 60,600 workers, said in 2020 that employees would be eligible to permanently work from home if they're experienced and have a strong recent job performance. As of June 15, Facebook will open up remote working as an option to all levels of the company, including entry-level employees.

The coronavirus pandemic has fueled a shift to remote work, especially for tech companies, many of which have employees who can do their jobs from home. As cities start to fully reopen, companies are trying to figure out how to offer their workers more flexibility. Twitter is also giving employees the option to work from home permanently. Google has outlined a hybrid work model, with employees typically coming into the office three days a week. And Apple has floated a similar plan, but some Apple workers have pushed back against being required to work on site three days a week starting in September. 

Facebook said employees who choose to return to the office will likely be in the office about half the time. There are some workers Facebook has said can't work remotely, such as people who work on development of hardware, or content reviewers who look out for posts that involve self-harm or terrorism.

The social network said its US offices are expected to reopen at 50% capacity by early September and fully by October. Facebook has already started reopening some offices in the Asia Pacific region as well as in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa and hopes to open more offices at 50% capacity by the end of this year.

Facebook employees can use 20 business days to work from another location where they're authorized to work through the rest of this year. The social network said it's also gradually expanding the option for more employees to work remotely from another country.