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Google, Amazon take the 'Work from Home' route as coronavirus pandemic refuses to abate

According to a report by AP, Google has decided that most of its 200,000 employees and contractors should work from home through next June, a sobering assessment of the pandemic's potential staying power from the company providing the answers for the world's most trusted internet search engine. The remote-work order issued Monday by Google CEO Sundar Pichai also affects other companies owned by Google's corporate parent, Alphabet Inc. It marks a six-month extension of Google's previous plan to keep most of its offices closed through the rest of this year.
Viacom is joining dozens of companies across Hollywood preparing for the coronavirus, as CEO Bob Bakish has announced to employees that they are testing new procedures to allow them to work from home. “This [test] will allow us to assess our remote access capabilities, ensure everyone has the technology they need to do their jobs remotely, and help us practice how we work together when we’re all out of the office at the same,” Bakish wrote.
Amazon has told its corporate employees that they can work from home until January 2021, according to new reports. That makes it the latest company to adjust its remote-employee guidance as the tech industry tries to navigate its way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra told employees that they are free to work remotely as the coronavirus virus spreads. He said in a memo to staff that the Culver City lot and offices remain open. ‘If your role does not lend itself to working from home – for example, if you are in production or if your role requires you to be physically at work – then you should discuss this with your manager,” Vinciquerra said. “We are aware that family demands are becoming more complicated as this crisis unfolds, so we want you to have flexibility.”
US media reports that Facebook is also letting workers tend to their jobs remotely for the rest of this year. Facebook's updated plan is to re-open offices in early July, but let people work from home if they prefer until 2021, according to reports.
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