Many employees for the Social Security Administration have been working out of the office since the pandemic began, just as COLA was set to increase and millions of beneficiaries faced pandemic related issues.
On Friday the agency shared their plans to have employees back in their offices by January 3 of next year.
Employees have been working through telecommunications since March of 2020 and will now have more access to it than before the pandemic.
The structure now has employees working at the headquarters remotely for up to five days per week, and those at the Office of Hearings Operations restricted to working remotely three to four days per week. Those in the field offices will only be able to work remotely twice per week.
There is also a plan in place in the event that a COVID-19 spike occurs.
The SSA will be paying attention to levels of transmission for every location and when it increases from low to moderate or substantial, take action.
Some employees expressed frustration over high risk or vulnerable employees that felt they should still work from home during a pandemic.
They also expressed frustration over the fact they they are required to be vaccinated unless they have a reasonable exemption, but some visitors seeking benefits do not need to prove vaccination.
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