Google, Facebook, Twitter Keep Workers Home Until 2021 or ‘Forever’

The Technology industry’s biggest companies announce new strategies to keep workers safe during the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Google, Facebook and Twitter, which have large offices in New York City, are among leading industry companies that announced telecommuting will continue through the remainder of 2020.

Among the group of technology companies adapting to a remote workforce, Twitter told its employees that they have the option to work from home forever. The company confirmed the news in a letter to multiple media outlets.

According to The Information, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, told employees they’ll likely work from home until the end of the year. Employees essential to Google’s daily operations on site will return in the summer of 2020.

Amazon and Salesforce have not announced long term plans for its staff. Both companies did express interests in protecting the staff from the coronavirus at the onset of shelter in place and social distancing.

“We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure we are taking the right precautions as the situation continues to evolve,” an Amazon spokesperson told ABC News when the company closed its offices. “This includes recommending that employees who are able to work from home in Seattle/Bellevue, the Bay Area, New York, New Jersey and the Lombardy region/Asti province of Italy do so through the end of March.”

Mark Benioff, founder and CEO of Salesforce announced via Twitter that staff in multiple areas of the country would be working from home. Shopify announced that it will give its employees $1,000 stipend to cover supplies and expenses to work from home. 

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