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Amazon asks all its US employees to work from home

March 13, 2020

Not everyone will be able to do a home office, but Amazon will also offer paid free time for full-time and part-time workers who contract the virus.

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This story originally appeared on PCMag

Amazon asks all its US employees to work from homeAmazon asks all its US employees to work from home

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, Amazon is the last company to tell its nearly 798,000 employees that they will have to work from home until the end of March.

“We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure that we take adequate precautions as the situation continues to evolve. As a result, we now recommend that all of our global employees who can work from home do so until the end of March, ”an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement.

According to TechCrunch , Amazon agreed to provide two weeks of additional paid time off for full-time and part-time employees who contract the virus. The extra time will also be available to anyone who is quarantined . Unlimited time off is also available to all employees this month, although they will not be compensated. Global employees in Amazon's food service areas, janitors and their security workers will also continue to be paid.

In addition to Amazon, social media website Twitter also told its nearly 5,000 employees that they should work from home, changing what was previously a guideline to a mandatory policy.

Meanwhile, other companies are providing better service to customers as the pandemic spreads. ATT said it would increase its data limits, MSI is extending warranties for two months, and Pornhub is offering Italians free premium access to pornography during Italy's quarantine period.

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