Coronavirus outbreak: Google setting up fund to give workforce paid sick leaves

Alphabet Inc's Google told its staff in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe to work at home unless they must go into the office, becoming one of the latest companies seeking to protect workers from the spreading coronavirus.

Before Tuesday, Google had counseled Washington state workers to work at home.

The spread of the coronavirus compelled tech giants, like Apple and Google, to recommend work-from-home policy to their employees.

The coronavirus continued to spread in the U.S.as health officials enforce new measures to contain the spread.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) at this juncture in addition to China other countries in fully has spread.

In it, Pichai mentioned the corporate's safety and "resilience" groups are working a 24-hour command middle to assist executives monitor updates in real-time and coordinate throughout the corporate.

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"As we're in a transition period in the USA -and to cover any gaps elsewhere in the world-Google is establishing a COVID-19 fund that will enable all our temporary staff and vendors, globally, to take paid sick leave if they have potential symptoms of COVID-19, or can't come into work because they're quarantined", Crowther said. The work-from-home recommendation applies in the UK.

The move makes sense, as one of the company's staff in Zurich was confirmed to have contracted the virus late last month. As we all do so, we want to help everyone in our workforce prioritize their health and the health of our communities. Some employees of technology companies, including Google, Amazon and Microsoft, have tested positive for the virus.

Google has asked employees in the USA and Canada to work from home.

On Sunday, Apple leader government Tim Cook requested workers at a number of of its world workplaces to work remotely this week "if your job allows".

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently tweeted a link to an Axios article discussing the company's work from home advisory and urged companies and members of the public to contribute "to social distancing if you are able to".

  • Darren Santiago