Google memo to employees in Roe v. Wade flips

Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at the Americas CEO Summit hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce on June 9, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.

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Google on Friday sent out a corporate email announcing the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, explaining why employees in affected states can apply for resettlement without explaining why.

“This is a profound change for the country that has deeply affected many of us, especially women,” he wrote. Google Chief HR Officer Fiona Cicconi in an email to workers viewed by CNBC. “Google employees can also apply for relocation without justification, and those who oversee the process will be aware of the situation.”

The note does not say how many requests the company will approve, nor does it make any promises. The company is still in the process of arranging travel arrangements for employees who I don’t want return to their assigned physical office in accordance with the company’s return to office policy, which began in April.

Google has over 30 offices in the US.

Cicconi also said he would be holding “support sessions” for employees in the coming days.

Google’s statement comes from corporations across the country, including Amazon as well as Meta, say they will pay for employee travel to have an abortion if they are in states where it is illegal following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. wade, repeal of the federal right to abortion.

When the ruling was first leaked, Google said it would provide travel benefits for employees seeking out-of-state abortion care. The company’s U.S. benefit plan and health plan for full-time employees cover out-of-state drug manufacturers that are not available where the employee lives and works, Cicconi added in a memo.

When CNBC reached out for comment Friday morning, a spokesperson said the company had nothing to add. He did not respond to email requests for comment or information about Cicconi’s move.

The company also did not respond to requests for comment about whether it would comply with potential law enforcement requests for user-related data. Last month, a group of 42 Democratic MPs urged Google Sundar Pichai’s CEO letter stop collecting and storing unnecessary or non-aggregated location data that can be used to identify people seeking abortions.

Here’s the full memo from Google’s chief employee Fiona Cicconi:

Hi all,

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning in Dobbs v. the United States. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturns Roe v. Wade.

This is a profound change for the country that has deeply affected many of us, especially women. Everyone will react in their own way, whether it’s a desire for a place and time for processing, speaking out, volunteering outside of work, generally not wanting to discuss it, or something completely different. Please be mindful of how your colleagues feel and, as always, treat each other with respect.

Fairness is extremely important to us as a company, and we share concerns about the impact this decision will have on people’s health, lives and careers. We will continue to work to make reproductive health information available in our products and continue our work to protect user privacy.

To support Google employees and their dependents, our US Benefits and Health Plan covers out-of-state medical procedures that are not available where the employee lives and works. Googlers can also apply for resettlement without justification, and those who oversee the process will be aware of the situation. If you need more support, please connect 1:1 with a HR consultant.

We will be hosting support sessions for Google employees in the United States in the coming days. They will be published in Google News.

Please feel free to rely on your Google community in the coming days and continue to take care of yourself and each other.