Google memo to employees about toppling Roe v. Wade

Google sent out a company-wide email Friday about the landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, explaining that workers in affected states can apply for relocation without explaining why.

“This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects so many of us, especially women,” he wrote Google Chief People officer Fiona Cicconi in an email to employees, viewed by CNBC. “Googlers can also request a move without justification, and those who oversee this process will be aware of the situation.”

The note does not state how many requests the company would approve and makes no promises. The company is still in the process of assigning relocations for employees who do not want to return to their assigned physical office due to the company’s return policy, which began in April.

Google has over 30 locations in the US

Cicconi also said it will provide “support sessions” to employees in the coming days.

Google’s statement comes as companies across the country, including Amazon and Meta, say they will pay employees to travel to have abortions if they’re in states where it’s banned following Friday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe. v. Wade, rolling to support the federal right to abortion.

When the ruling first leaked, Google said it would offer travel benefits to workers seeking abortion care out of state. The U.S. benefits plan and health insurance plan for full-time employees will cover out-of-state medical manufacturers that are unavailable where an employee lives and works, Cicconi added in the memo.

When CNBC asked for comment Friday morning, a spokesperson said the company had nothing to add. It did not respond to requests for comment on Cicconi’s email or move details.

The company also did not respond to requests for comment about whether it will comply with potential law enforcement requests for data related to users. Last month, a group of 42 Democratic lawmakers wrote in a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai to stop collecting and storing unnecessary or non-aggregated location data that could be used to identify people who want to have abortions. .

Here’s the full memo from Fiona Cicconi, Google’s Chief People Officer:

Hello everyone,

This morning, the US Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade.

This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects so many of us, especially women. Everyone will react in their own way, whether that’s wanting space and time to process, speak up, volunteer outside of work, not wanting to talk about it at all, or something completely different. Be aware of what many of your colleagues are feeling and, as always, treat each other with respect.

Equity is extremely important to us as a company, and we share our concerns about the impact this ruling will have on people’s health, lives and careers. We will continue to work to make reproductive health information accessible across all of our products and continue our work to protect user privacy.

To support Googlers and their families, our US benefits plan and health insurance cover out-of-state medical procedures that are not available where an employee lives and works. Googlers can also request a move without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation. If you need extra support, connect 1:1 with a People Consultant.

Over the next few days, we’ll be hosting support sessions for Googlers in the US. These will be posted on Googler News.

Don’t hesitate to lean on your Google community in the coming days and take care of yourself and each other.