Google urges workers in North America to work from home because of coronavirus
Google sent a memo to all of its workers in North America, suggesting that they operate from at least April 10th due to coronavirus, the company confirmed to Business Insider. Google had previously told San Francisco Bay Area, Dublin, and Seattle workers to work from home over the last few days.
According to Business Insider, Google offices will remain open to staff when they need to be physically present for their jobs. On a Tuesday evening, Tweet, CEO Sundar Pichai urged people to “contribute” to social distancing.
Apple CEO Tim Cook advised workers at several of its global offices on Sunday to work remotely “if your job allows” from March 9th through March 13th. And by the end of last week, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and many other tech firms asked their Bay Area and Seattle employees to work from home.
Google will also give away sick leave paid to its temporary staff and suppliers around the world if they need to take time off due to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, through a new fund announced today. “This program would ensure our extended staff members will be paid for their normal working hours” if they have COVID-19 symptoms or are quarantined, the organization said in a blog post. Last Friday, Google reported that if they had to miss work due to coronavirus, they would give their regular pay to their hourly workers.