Having a toddler is tough — however getting laid off after having a child (or when about to have one) might make it really feel worse.
And a few Google workers are studying this now: Google has reportedly advised laid-off staffers who have been beforehand authorised for leaves (starting from parental to medical to caregiver) that they’ll solely obtain the usual severance package deal, in keeping with CNBC, which spoke with individuals affected. The usual package deal is 16 weeks, plus two weeks for yearly labored and the 60-day notification interval.
“We respectfully request a great religion effort to honor the phrases of our authentic parental and/or incapacity depart preparations for all leaves that have been authorised as of January 20, 2023,” a gaggle of former workers wrote in a letter to executives.
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Tales of staff within the know-how trade who have been laid off when about to go on parental depart and even whereas giving start have proliferated, per the New York Occasions.
Google laid off about 12,000 staff in January.
One girl, Katherine Wong, was eight months pregnant when she was laid off from Google in January, she stated.
“It’s virtually not possible for me to search for a job as a 34-week pregnant and proper about to go on maternity depart for months,” she wrote in a LinkedIn publish. As CNBC famous, one other girl who stated she was at Google for over 9 years learn her layoff notification simply after giving start.
Over 100 workers have created a gaggle known as “Laid off on Go away,” per CNBC, to advocate for getting the pay they are saying they have been promised.
To this point, the letters to prime executives haven’t obtained replies.
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The group additionally attacked CEO Sundar Pichai for caring extra about AI improvements — specifically, chatGPT, which has helped drive competitor Microsoft’s Bing to new highs of 100 million every day lively customers — and the specter of Google dropping dominance in search than workers.
“When Google CEO Sundar Pichai introduced layoffs, he talked about the corporate’s dedication to AI 3 times, however by no means as soon as talked about Google’s dedication to accessibility,” the group wrote.
In Google’s January layoff memo, Pichai wrote: “I’m assured about … our early investments in AI” and that the corporate is “ready to strategy it boldly.”
Google declined to reply CNBC’s questions on paying for depart intervals for laid-off workers.
The group additionally talked about in its communications with executives that Amazon, which has additionally laid off 1000’s, is paying workers their depart intervals, plus severance.
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