Gianforte orders at least half of state workers back to the office

HELENA — The Gianforte administration has directed state agencies to bring at least 50 percent of their employees back to the office by June 14 and says no new “telework” agreements will be granted for now.

The directive, issued late last Friday, was described as “Stage Two” of the administration’s plan to return state workers to the office in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many state workers have been working remotely since the pandemic began in early 2020.