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Amazon Wants Office Workers Back 3 Days a Week in September

  • Relaxed remote work rules could slow Seattle’s recovery
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The Amazon.com Spheres, part of the Amazon headquarters campus, in Seattle.

The Amazon.com Spheres, part of the Amazon headquarters campus, in Seattle.

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Amazon.com Inc. wants corporate employees to return to the office at least three days a week by this fall, taking a slightly more relaxed stance from its previous position of a return to an “office-centric culture.”

Amazon said it expects office workers in the U.S., U.K. and several other countries to resume working mostly on site the week of Sept. 7, according to an email sent to employees Thursday. Workers can seek exemptions to the rules, which have to be approved. Corporate employees would also have the option of working up to four weeks a year fully remote from a domestic location.