Salesforce will help employees relocate to access abortion

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff attends a meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden and private sector CEOs in the State Dining Room of the White House on January 26, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Salesforce told employees in a Slack message Thursday that the company will help them relocate if they have concerns about access to abortions or other medical procedures following an expected court ruling. Supreme Court of the United States that would invalidate Roe v. Wade.

“If you have concerns about access to essential healthcare in your state, Salesforce will provide financial support for travel, available through our healthcare providers, and/or help with transportation for you and members. your immediate family,” said Brent Hyder, President and CEO of Salesforce. director of human resources, wrote in the Slack post, which was viewed by CNBC.

A Salesforce representative declined to comment.

Salesforce and other big tech companies have pledged to cover travel expenses for their employees who may need to travel for abortions. They began informing employees of this option after a draft Supreme Court opinion leaked last week revealed the High Court’s apparent intention to overturn the 1973 decision which made access to a safe abortion a constitutional right.

Of the 50 U.S. states, 26 would ban or are likely to ban abortion if Roe is overthrown, according to the nonprofit Guttmacher Institute.

Hyder referred employees to information available internally on travel and relocation services for reproductive health care. He said Lori Castillo Martinez, head of corporate equality, “and I want to acknowledge that recent news on this topic is deeply personal to many, especially women.”

The company also offers advice from Lyra Health, a start-up focused on providing mental health services to businesses and other organizations.

“If you are struggling with recent reproductive health care news, a Lyra counselor will lead small group sessions (max 25 people) focused on guiding employees on ways to cope with stress,” wrote Hyder.

Amazon and Apple have agreed to reimburse employees who have abortions in other states, CNBC reported a day after the draft notice leaked. Microsoft has also joined the fray.

“Microsoft will continue to do everything we can under the law to protect the rights of our employees and help employees and their enrolled dependents access essential health care – which already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care – regardless of where they live in the United States,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in an email. “This support is extended to include travel assistance for these and other medical services where access to care is limited in availability in an employee’s home geographic region.”

Salesforce has been outspoken on social issues in the past, including in September, when co-CEO Marc Benioff said on Twitter that the company would help employees move out of Texas after an anti-Texas law took effect. -abortion in the state.

In 2015, Benioff said Salesforce was “forced to significantly reduce our investments” in Indiana because customers and employees were unhappy with the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Critics feared the law would allow companies to deny services to LGBTQ people on religious grounds. Salesforce has a big presence in Indiana as it’s the home of ExactTarget, which Salesforce acquired for $2.5 billion in 2013.

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