National Bank latest financial institute to delay return to office plans


Published December 15, 2021 at 2:29 pm

TORONTO — National Bank is the latest financial institution to delay plans to bring more employees back into the office as concerns increase about the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19.

Spokesman Jean-François Cadieux says the bank has asked employees to work remotely if they can as it closely monitors the situation. 

Scotiabank said earlier this week that it was putting a hold on its planned Jan. 17 return to the office and will reassess timing in the new year. 

Sun Life Financial Inc. also said this week that it has put a pause on expanding its return-to-office pilot program.

It says it has encouraged all employees to work from home until the end of January.

The change in plans come as COVID-19 numbers rise from the Omicron variant, which prompted the Ontario government on Friday to ask employers to make every effort to allow employees to work from home.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 15, 2021.

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