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Google tells employees in US and Canada to work from home because of Coronavirus

Google has told its employees in the US and Canada offices that they can work from home as companies in the US try to contain Coronavirus infection.

twitter-logo India Today Tech   New Delhi     Last Updated: March 11, 2020  | 18:17 IST
(Source: Reuters)

Highlights

  • Alphabet, Google's parent company in an email has asked its North American employees to work from home.
  • The employees have been advised to work from home at least till April 10.
  • In addition to this, Google has announced a COVID - 19 fund from which the company's workers can take paid sick leaves.

Alphabet, Google's parent company, has asked all its North American employees to work from home at least till April 10. In other words, all Google employees in that part of the world -- in the US offices and in Canadian cities -- have been gently told to work from home. It's not mandatory though. Employees, if they want can still come to office for work, but if some don't want they can work from home. The message to Google employees comes on the day when number of Coronovirus cases, which is causing COVID19 disease, has crossed 1000.

That Google has asked its employees in the US and Canada to work from home has been reported by several news publications. Once the news came out, Google confirmed it with an email to one of the publications that had reported about it.

Chris Rackow, Google's vice president of global security, in an email to Google's employees wrote, "Out of abundance of caution, and for the protection of Alphabet and the broader community, we now recommend that you work from home if your role allows."

The email further speaks about "the goal of businesses moving to work-from-home (WFH) arrangements is to significantly reduce the density of people and lower the health risk in offices."

Earlier, the search giant had passed a similar memo to its workers in Washington state. A similar guideline was also given to employees in San Francisco bay area. Many technology companies, including Microsoft in Seattle, and Twitter too have suggested that employees work from home. Some workers from technology companies, including from Google, Amazon and Microsoft, have tested positive for the virus.

In addition to this, Google has announced a COVID - 19 fund, through which all of its temporary staff and vendors can take paid sick leaves, in case they showed symptoms of the virus or if they are unable to turn up for work.

Google's Director, Workplace Services Adrienne Crowther wrote, "Working with our partners, this fund will mean that members of our extended workforce will be compensated for their normal working hours if they can't come into work for these reasons. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will continue to assess any adjustments needed over the coming months."

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