Google has issued a new notice to its employees in North America, recommending them to work from their home through April 10. Google's vice president of global security Chris Rackow has sent out an email to all of the company's employees about this. Google has 11 offices in the United States and Canada that are affected by this directive.
The notice comes just a week after the company had told its employees based in Washington to work remotely. Apart from America, Google has issued similar guidance for its employees in different parts of the world including Europe. If their positions allow for it, all Google employees are told to work remotely.
Below is what Rackow's email to Google employees read:
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.
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, and also reduce the burden on the local community and health resourced, enabling those in need to get quicker support.
Google is also carefully monitoring the entire situation and will provide an update with a relevant timeline as required.
Additionally, Google has also formed a COVID-19 fund that will enable its temporary staff and vendors globally to take paid sick leave if they show symptoms of the virus or are quarantined. This fund will allow Google to compensate its workers for normal working hours if they are unable to come to work for the above reasons.