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.
The Mountain View, California-based tech giant is "recommending" workers stay out of their offices until at least April 10, according to an internal memo seen by Bloomberg. Earlier this week, Google has banned visitors not employed in the company, to visit some offices in NY and the region around San Francisco. The company becomes one of the first in the United States to instruct all workers in the country - as well as across Europe, Africa and the Middle East - to work from home.
Google's father or mother corporate Alphabet has requested its North American staff to work from home to scale back the possible unfold of the coronavirus.
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Google said it is carefully monitoring the situation and will continue to assess any adjustments needed over the coming months.
Google has also said it is providing a payroll sick pay for full-time employees who are now unprofessional and suffering from coronavirus. The company said in a Wednesday blog post that while most non-full time employees and contractors already have sick leave benefits, some companies that Google contracts with are still rolling them out to their staffs.
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".