Tech giants are committing to pay the employees who make the office run, even when everyone is working from home.
Millions of Americans have been advised to work from home as a precaution against COVID-19, and in Washington and California—states that have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus outbreak—that means major tech headquarters and campuses are now empty. Those offices also employ cafeteria workers, janitorial staff, and even shuttle drivers, who are hourly rather than salaried. For the workers who make those offices run, working remotely isn’t an option. If there’s no one to feed, clean up after, or shuttle, what happens to them?