As more COVID-19 cases are identified in the United States, some companies are asking employees to work from home if possible. That impacts the jobs of people who work in on-site operations, consisting of many who are paid by the hour. Today Microsoft said that it will continue paying all supplier hourly service providers in Puget Sound and Northern California their typical wage, even if their work hours are lowered.
The statement particularly describes Microsoft workers in the Puget Sound area and Northern California, however the business said it will “[explore] how to finest move forward in a comparable method other parts of the country and the world that are affected by COVID-19”
In an article, Microsoft president Brad Smith composed that workers in those areas who can work from house have actually been asked to do so.
” As an outcome, we have actually reduced need in those areas for the on-site existence of many of the hourly workers who are crucial to our everyday operations, such as individuals who work for our suppliers and personnel our coffee shops, drive our shuttles and support our on-site tech and audio-visual requirements,” he said. “We acknowledge the hardship that lost work can mean for per hour staff members.
Smith added, “While the work to secure public health requires to speed up, the economy can’t afford to slow down.
Microsoft is among a number of tech companies that have asked employees in locations where COVID-19 cases have actually been recognized to work from home, like Washington state and California, including Google, Lyft and Square Concerns about the COVID-19 have also resulted in the cancellations of major occasions, like Mobile World Congress and Google’s I/O developer conference.