Tech giants to keep paying hourly staff even if they’re off work due to closures

Tech giants to keep paying hourly staff even if they’re off work due to closures

Microsoft has committed to paying normal hourly wages to non-employees providing services to Microsoft workers, like bus drivers and cafeteria workers. This comes as the hourly workers stood to earn lesser pay while many of the company’s employees spend the next few weeks working from home. Google, Twitter and Facebook too have made similar announcements recently.

Per Gunnar
Per Gunnar 3 weeks

And now a bunch of the left wing slackers at Nadellasoft will of course use this virus scaremongering to get paid while working even less than before. Pathetic.

Tim S
Tim S 3 weeks

This is a good business move. If they didn't continue to give these workers a reason to stick around, then by the time the pandemic fears have passed, these contractors would have been long gone. Continuing to pay these workers is probably a lot cheaper than essentially letting them all go, then having to find new workers afterwards, especially with how unpredictable the situation is; are they going to need these contractors services again next week, or next month? They don't know, but they do know that they're going yo be required immediately when the decision is made.

Beisht Kione
Beisht Kione 3 weeks

Other businesses in the Seattle area doing the same, and for their employees as well. At my company, they are paying Short Term Disability wages to people affected by this. People still have to get paid, even if they are being forced not to work or work less.

Sean Donahue
Sean Donahue 3 weeks

That is great news.

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