Tesla Employees Asked to Return to Work Before Lockdown Ends

Workers aren't supposed to return until May 4

Tesla is bringing workers back to the factory early.
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By Carl Caminetti / April 27, 2020 10:29 am

Some Tesla employees have been asked to return to the electric car-maker’s California factory a little earlier than expected, or advised. The company has requested that some workers return to the Fremont, California factory on Wednesday, four days before a shelter-in-place mandate in the area is scheduled to end, Bloomberg reported.

Dozens of employees have reportedly received the summons from Tesla, despite the county’s shelter-in-place order limiting the company to “minimum basic operations” only at the plant through May 3.

The company stopped producing cars at the plant on March 23, after initially resisting shutdown orders. While Tesla argued the carmaker should be exempt from lockdown orders as an “essential business,” local authorities disagreed, with Alameda County health officer Erica Pan calling the plant a “public health risk,” according to Bloomberg.

After being forced to comply with lockdown orders and furloughing some employees, Tesla told workers it planned to resume operations at the plant May 4, when the county’s lockdown orders are expected to end.

Tesla has also paused production at its Buffalo, New York factory and significantly reduced employees at its Nevada plant. According to the New York Post, it is unclear whether employees at Tesla’s other facilities have also been called back to work early.

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