Google Tells All 100,000 North American Employees to Work from Home

Google Tells All 100,000 North American Employees to Work from Home

Last week, Google, along with numerous world's other major tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook, began recommending that staff in Seattle should work from home as the coronavirus spreads in Washington state.

Tech giant Google's parent Alphabet has asked all its north American employees to work from home till at least April 10 in a bid to reduce density at its offices and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), ZDNet reported quoting the company.

Google told staff Wednesday in the United Kingdom and Europe they should work from home, according to a person familiar with the plans who didn't want to be identified.

The email sent out by Chris Rackow, Google's VP of gloval security, reads, "Out of an abundance of caution, and for the protection of Alphabet and the broader community, we now recommend the you work from home if your role allows".

Last week, the company promised that hourly workers such as custodial staff and food preparation workers would be fully compensated for the hours they would have worked even if their services were no longer needed because of office shutdowns.

Since then, coronavirus cases have continued to balloon in the United States, with more than 900 cases and almost 30 deaths now confirmed across the country.

Why it matters: The move comes as tech companies hope to limit the spread of the COVID-19 both among their employees and the community at large.

Google has created a fund to enable all its contract and temporary workers globally to take paid sick leave if they have potential COVID-19 symptoms or are in quarantine, the company announced Tuesday.

An employee at Amazon and an employee at Facebook have been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

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