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May 20, 2020

Aetna in no rush to bring teleworking employees back to the office

HBJ File Photo Aetna's Hartford headquarters.

Connecticut offices may be permitted to reopen on May 20, but pharmacy giant CVS Health, which bought Aetna 18 months ago for $69 billion, says its office workers here who have shifted to teleworking due to COVID-19 will remain home for the coming months.

“...all Connecticut-based employees who are currently working from home will continue to do so through the end of the summer,” spokesman Ethan Slavin said in a statement this week. “Employees who need to work in the office are required to wear a face mask or cloth face covering while at any CVS Health office or facility. We are providing company-issued face masks for all employees who are required to be in the office.”

[Read more: Downtown Hartford businesses take cautious approach to May 20 reopening]

Slavin said the company has “successfully maintained business continuity” with a partially remote workforce during the pandemic. He did not disclose exactly how many office workers are teleworking.

Staff remain on-site at MinuteClinics and pharmacy locations.

“Looking ahead, we will continue to be flexible, methodical and patient in determining how and when we return office-based colleagues to traditional worksites,” he said. “Guiding every decision is our commitment to ensuring employee health and safety.”

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