Big tech firms order work from home to prevent coronavirus spread


As the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, New York (CNN Business) Big tech companies are asking more employees to work from home.

Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR) and Amazon (AMZN) have implemented remote working policies for many or all of their employees around the globe.
Facebook is extending work from home guidance to all employees globally whose jobs allow them to do so, company spokesperson Anthony Harrison said in a statement to CNN.
Twitter has made working from home mandatory for all workers globally. According to a company spokesperson, the company is also in communication with its San Francisco staffers after an employee from that office developed symptoms consistent with coronavirus, though no official diagnosis has been made.
Google parent company Alphabet is recommending that all employees in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East work remotely.

Amazon is recommending that employees globally work from home if their jobs allow, a spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.
Google was among the first to ask that employees throughout the continent to work from home, while many companies have asked employees in certain cities to do so or tested out large scale work from home measures.

Google On Tuesday, Google asked North American employees to work from home through April 10, according to an email shown to CNN. On Wednesday, a Google spokesperson confirmed to CNN that staffers in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East will also be asked to work remotely starting on March 12, until further notice.

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