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SAN JOSE — San Francisco mobile payments giant Square will let employees work from home permanently after coronavirus restrictions are lifted, the company said Monday.

“We want employees to be able to work where they feel most creative and productive,” Square said in an emailed statement. “Square will be able to work from home permanently, even once offices begin to reopen.”

The move follows a similar policy announced last week by Twitter, the other San Francisco firm led by CEO Jack Dorsey. The social media company told workers they could do their jobs remotely “forever” if they wished and their positions allowed for it.

Shelter-in-place orders from the pandemic have led many Bay Area companies to consider extending work-from-home policies beyond the pandemic, and several have told this news organization they plan to continue allowing remote work after it’s safe to return to offices. Google earlier this month said it was extending its work-from-home policy to the end of the year from June. Facebook has said it plans to reopen offices July 6 but will let employees work from outside offices through the end of 2020.

Square said it didn’t have a timeline for opening offices, but that the bulk of its full-time employees would be able to work remotely after offices open. News of Square’s policy was first reported by tech website The Verge.

A few roles at Square, such as office security and in-office support, can only be done properly in the office, the company noted.

Square’s most recent annual report said it had 3,835 full-time employees at the end of 2019.

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