As more coronavirus COVID-19 cases are identified in the U.S., some firms are asking employees to work from home if possible. However, that impacts the roles of people who work in on-site activities, along with many who are paid by the hour.
Microsoft said that it’s going to continue paying all vendor hourly service providers in Puget Sound and Northern California their standard wage, even when their work hours are reduced.
The declaration refers explicitly to Microsoft workers in the Puget Sound area and Northern California; however, the firm stated it will explore the best measure forward in a similar way in other parts of the nation and the world that are affected by COVID-19.”
In a blog post, Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote that workers in these areas who can work at home were asked to do so.
“As a result, we have lowered need in those areas for the on-site presence of many of the hourly staff who are crucial to our daily operations, such as people who work for our vendors and staff our cafes, drive our shuttles and support our on-site tech and audio-visual requirements,” he stated.
Microsoft is among other tech groups that have asked employees in areas where the novel coronavirus cases have emerged to work at home, like Washington state and California, along with Google, Lyft and Square.