Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Remote Jobs
Many companies as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook ramp up remote jobs to prevent Coronavirus spread and all began encouraging employees to work from home as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in the United States.
In recent days, coronavirus cases have continued to balloon in the United States and World at all.
Many schools and universities have transitioned to online classes and Harvard has even asked students to leave campus housing within a matter of days. Growing numbers of major events have been postponed or canceled.
Google about the Coronavirus
Google asked North America employees to work from home (remote job) through April 10. Google spokesperson confirmed that staffers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East will also be asked to work remotely starting on March 12, until further notice.
“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,” email from Chris Rackow, Google’s vice president of global security, reads in part.
Alphabet employs nearly 120,000 full-time workers globally, according to its 2019 annual report.
Google also has offices in Asia and the South Pacific.
Google announced it would compensate hourly employees affected by reduced office hours, such as cafe workers, for all of the hours they would have worked without the Coronavirus disruption.
Google also says it is developing a fund to provide sick leave pay to non-full time employees who currently don’t have the benefit and are affected by coronavirus.
Google was also forced to cancel its biggest event of the year, the annual developer conference Google I/O, which had originally been scheduled for mid-May.
Twitter about the Coronavirus
Twitter updated its work-from-home policy from “strongly encouraged” to “mandatory” for all employees globally, according to a company blog post.
А company spokesperson confirmed to that Twitter’s San Francisco office has been closed after an employee who works there showed symptoms consistent with Coronavirus.
“As of now, there has been no official diagnosis,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “We’ve notified our employees and are following the advice of public health officials to prioritize everyone’s health and safety. We closed our San Francisco office as our team completes a thorough and deep cleaning.”
Twitter has also said it plans to pay the labor costs for normal working hours to contractors and hourly workers who are not able to do their jobs from home as long as the remote working policy is in place.
The company is providing reimbursement to parents for additional daycare expenses caused by the outbreak.
Facebook about the Coronavirus
Facebook is encouraging all employees globally to work from home (remote job).
“We are extending our global guidance to allow anyone whose job allows them to do so, to voluntarily work remotely through Friday, April 10,” Harrison, the Facebook spokesperson, said in an emailed statement.
Amazon about the Coronavirus
Amazon is recommending that employees around the world work remotely if their jobs allow.
“We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure we are taking the right precautions as the situation continues to evolve,” a company spokesperson said.
The company is continuing to pay hourly workers — including more than 10,000 food service, janitorial, security and other hourly staff in its offices — affected by the remote working policies. It is also offering extra paid time off for employees who contract the Coronavirus.