Google is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google is now offering 14 weeks of additional leave due to global pandemic. Last month it gave two weeks of leave for caregivers in its workforce, with an option to take four more.Google’s employees are hired based on a hierarchical system.
Employees are split into six hierarchies based on experience and can range “from entry-level data center workers at level one to managers and experienced engineers at level six.” Google is giving its workers eight extra weeks of paid leave to take care of their families as the corona virus outbreak forces schools to remain closed.
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The policy will only apply to Google’s full-time global workforce which numbers more than 100,000 and not to its thousands of vendors and contractors, the spokesperson added. Google move follows a similar one by tech rival Microsoft (MSFT), which last week gave its employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave.
Of late, Google had been designing new ventures to tie up with the Govt. to ward off the evil effects of corona virus. Recently, Google joined hands with Apple to develop a tracing tool that would help its users to identify if they have virus or not.
The corona virus has forced schools around the world to shut, with UNESCO estimating that school closures across 188 countries are impacting more than 91% of the world’s student population around 1.6 billion children and young adults. Several US states have extended school closures, with some governors already announcing schools will remain shut for the rest of the academic year.
Employees can take consecutive weeks off or adjust their working hours over several days, a spokesperson said. The leave is to take care of their families during a pandemic and the employees happy after the announcement of Google. The employees say it is a piece of good news and some were believing the wrong decision, one of their employees commented above 10,000 were affected by this and the majority of Google’s workforce are contractors, they will see no benefit from this. Google does have amazing publicists, though and sure they’re well compensated.