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Coronavirus: Google recommends employees work from home

11 Mar 2020 12:47, Somoy English Desk
Coronavirus: Google recommends employees work from home
Coronavirus: Google recommends employees work from home

Google is recommending that all of its North American employees work from home if they can because of coronavirus.

Its parent company, Alphabet, has more than 100,000 employees, most of whom work in the United States.

Employees who can are being asked to stay home until at least April 10. Google's offices will be open to employees who need it.

The outbreak has upset the business as usual in the technology world. Big companies, including Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, are following the advice of public health officials to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the burden of overburdened local health systems by restricting travel and encouraging employees to work from home.

Additionally, major industry conferences are being canceled for the virus to spread.

Google and other corporations are in a constant state of alert in a fast-moving crisis. They are rapidly adjusting to policies to keep the virus spread. The U.S. death toll has risen to 28 Tuesday as infections spread across the country. The global death toll climbs to 4,000 and the number of confirmed cases near 117,000.

The tech giant Google has also said that they will continue to pay contract workers, resulting in time cuts. On Tuesday, Google said it would also provide sick leave to those workers.

In an email obtained by CNBC, Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat told employees "every Google office is affected in some way." 

"Given the dynamic nature of the COVID-19 epidemic, everyone should be prepared to work from home unexpectedly," Porat wrote. "Take your laptop home every night."

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