In an email to employees on Tuesday, Google's parent company, Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) (NASDAQ:GOOG), has recommended that all employees in North America should work from home beginning immediately to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Google earlier said it would pay hourly workers their regular rates, even if they do not report for duty. The United States has over 1000 confirmed cases of coronavirus already.
Google had also previously only asked its staff in the San Francisco Bay, Dublin, and Seattle areas to work-from-home, but it has now expanded this to all of its North American staff (roughly 100,000 people), when it confirmed to Business Insider that they should work remotely until 10 April. Other regions are affected as well, with similar advice given for those in Europe. "Prior to this change, NY and California were optional work from home and Washington was already recommended work from home". "We are carefully monitoring the situation and will continue to assess any adjustments needed over the coming months", Adrienne Crowther, Director, Workplace Services at Google wrote in the official blog post.
Google is proscribing all visitors from its headquarters in Mountain View and different workplaces within the San Francisco Bay Space and NY because the COVID-19 coronavirus spreads, a spokesperson confirmed to # on Monday.
Last week the tech giant sent a memo to staff recommending that employees in Washington state work from home.
RTE: Ireland records first death from coronavirus
One case involved recent travel from northern Italy and the other can be traced to a previously reported case in the UK. NINE additional cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Ireland - bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 43.
The COVID-19 fund would make sure that all of its extended workforce is compensated for any days they may need to take off due to catching the coronavirus or otherwise being quarantined by authorities worldwide.
An worker at Amazon and an worker at Facebook had been identified with the coronavirus.
In addition to preventive measures, Google is also the center of the procurement of funds for employees, the cut off come times in part-time work, announced that because of the policy. Working with our partners, this fund will mean that members of Our extended workforce will be compensated for their normal work hours if they can not get to work for these reasons. It's one of the broadest remote work orders implemented so far in response to the coronavirus outbreak (now essentially a pandemic) spreading around the globe, resulting in almost 114,000 confirmed cases and over 4,000 deaths as of World Health Organization data for March 10.