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Google Layoff News: Another BAD News For SACKED Employees. Deets Here

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Google Layoff News: After sacking thousands of employees this year, tech giant Google has decided to not pay its ex-staffers for paid maternity and medical leaves. Following the decision, sacked employees have asked the company to honour their approved medical time off. Earlier this year, Google had announced to terminate 12,000 employees, representing about 6 per cent of its workforce, to reckon with slower sales growth after an extended period of expansion in the tech sector.

'Laid Off On Leave'

If reports are to be believed, more than 100 former employees have formed a group called "Laid off on Leave" wherein they are requesting that executives compensate them for the weeks and months they were authorised to take off prior to the January job cuts. People who have been approved for or are currently on maternity leave, baby bonding leave, caregiver's leave, medical leave, or personal leave are included in this group.

The group of ex-employees wrote to executives, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Chief People Officer Fiona Cicconi, three times, most recently on March 9, without receiving a response. "We respectfully request a good faith effort to honour the terms of our original parental and/or disability leave arrangements for all leaves that were approved as of January 20, 2023," a group of laid-off staffers, was quoted as saying.

Google Employees' 5 Demands From Sundar Pichai

With a list of 5 demands, Google employees have penned a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai. In the letter, the employees asked the company to freeze new hiring procedures amid ongoing layoffs and help the sacked workers find work internally or externally.

Read Google Employees' Letter to Sundar Pichai Below


The impacts of Alphabet's decision to reduce its workforce are global. Nowhere have workers' voices adequately been considered, and we know that as workers we are stronger together than alone. We are thus coming together across the world to be heard.

Specifically we are asking for the following public commitments from you:

1) Freeze all new hires during the layoff process. First ask for voluntary redundancies and voluntary working time reduction before compulsory layoffs. Allow for employee ‘swaps’ to further avoid compulsory redundancies.

2) Grant priority rehire to any Alphabet employees that have been recently laid off. Prioritize internal transfer options, prioritized access to jobs without the need to re-interview and agree to a fair severance package.

3) Protect our co-workers from countries with active conflicts or humanitarian crises (such as Ukraine, Russia, etc). Do not terminate employment when it would adversely affect visas, which could require workers to return to unsafe or unstable countries. Provide extra support to these and workers at risk of residence permit loss: help with job searches—internal and external—and provide adequate gardening leave.

4) Respect scheduled leaves (Maternity, Baby Bonding, Carer's and Bereavement) and do not give notice until the leave is finished. Workers given notice will be notified in-person and will be given the opportunity to say good-bye to their coworkers.

5) Ensure there will be no discriminatory effects based on sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, racial or ethnic identity, caste, veteran status, religion, and disability.

We call on you and Alphabet more broadly to make these critical public commitments. Our company has long touted its commitment to doing right by its users and workers, and these commitments will show Alphabet adhering to the final line of its Code of Conduct: Don’t Be Evil.

We know this is within your means and your ability to accomplish.

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