Decision made for employees’ safety
Office staff at Ventura County’s largest private employer will continue working from home through at least spring 2021, a company executive said last week in an internal communication.
Judy Brown, senior vice president and site head at Amgen’s Thousand Oaks-based global headquarters, told employees of the biotech firm Oct. 12 that those who have been doing their jobs remotely since shortly after the COVID-19 outbreak in March will continue to stay remote until the end of June, “beyond the end of the school year.”
The previous directive received by Amgen employees was that they would return no sooner than Jan. 4, the first working day of 2021.
“As always, our intent is to keep you and your families as safe as possible; to protect those Operations and R&D colleagues who must come to campus to do their jobs and continue to serve patients; and to provide as much certainty as we possibly can during this very uncertain time,” Brown said in an email provided by the company to the Acorn.
“While none of us has a crystal ball, we think it’s unlikely that we’ll see a significant decrease in COVID-19 cases in the Greater Los Angeles area through the spring,” Brown said. “We also don’t think that a COVID-19 vaccine will become widely available during this time frame, despite the best collaborative efforts of our industry.”
Amgen employees are prohibited from traveling nationally or internationally for work. When office-based staff is eventually brought back, Brown said, they will be brought back gradually.
Amgen employs around 5,000 people in the county.
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