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Coronavirus has prompted these tech companies to ask employees to work from home

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Microsoft Corp. has asked employees in the Puget Sound region in Washington state and the San Francisco Bay Area to work from home until March 25 because of coronavirus fears. Some of Washington state’s largest employers are telling their workers to telecommute to minimize the spread of coronavirus, and the policy could soon extend to Silicon Valley.

Microsoft Corp. US:MSFT has told employees in the Puget Sound region in Washington state and the San Francisco Bay Area to work from home until March 25, while Alphabet Inc.’s US:GOOGL US:GOOG Google has recommended that employees at offices in Washington work from home, if possible.

Google made the decision after consulting with public health officials, according to a person familiar with the situation who is not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The work-from-home edict does not apply to the company’s headquarters and satellite offices in Silicon Valley for now.

Amazon.com Inc. US:AMZN, which employs 50,000 people in the Seattle/Bellevue area, is “recommending that employees.. who are able to work from home do so through the end of the month,” a company spokesperson told MarketWatch.

Facebook Inc. US:FB also told MarketWatch it has told several thousand employees in Seattle to work from home “if they have a heightened health concern,” a spokesman said. That includes those who are immunocompromised or lives with someone who is; those who are pregnant; anyone who has been in contact with someone with COVID-19; and anyone with kids home from school due to a school closure that doesn’t have […]

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