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Most Facebook employees can work remotely forever

If their work can be done remotely, they can apply for remote work.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Mark Zuckerberg will allow most of his employees to work remotely if they choose.

Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Facebook will allow almost all employees to apply to work remotely indefinitely, as long as their jobs can be conducted remotely.

The new policy is a change from the plans announced in 2020, which would allow only some employees (mostly more senior leaders and experienced workers) to apply for remote work. The company will also let some workers apply to work in different countries; U.S.-based workers can apply to relocate to Canada and Europe-based workers can do the same for the United Kingdom.

The company will also allow those workers who do return to the office to stay hybrid or at home for up to 50% of their time.

The Facebook news is a stark contrast to companies like Apple, which has been doubling down on the requirement that most employees come into the office at least part-time beginning in September. Some Apple employees have been circling a petition opposing the plan over the last few weeks. Google also originally imposed a plan like Apple's, but then relaxed its requirements to allow 20% of workers to apply for remote work after internal pushback.

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