Epic Systems requiring workers to come back by Sept. 21

MADISON, Wis. — Epic Systems is requiring its 9,000-plus employees to return to work in person at its sprawling campus outside of Madison by Sept. 21.

The health software company is one of the first large employers in the state to no longer give employees the choice of working from home. Epic workers decried the order Tuesday, saying company CEO Judy Faulkner was ignoring public health advice.

The Wisconsin State Journal says the statement from workers claims that Faulkner and the company believe that “a culture of chance encounters in the hallways is more important than the untold deaths that will occur.”

A statement from Epic said in-person collaboration while practicing public health guidelines is “essential to saving more lives.”

“With individual offices for everyone, a 1,000-acre campus, and 28 buildings, Epic’s campus allows staff to work safely,” the statement said. “We have safety measures that follow public health guidelines. We will continue to work closely with local public health officials and infectious disease experts and adjust plans as needed.”