Microsoft is giving employees 12 weeks of paid parental leave because of school disruptions.
Accordingly, Microsoft employees can choose the time to use this leave, whether it is three consecutive months or several days per week.
Tech giant Microsoft recently launched an extremely preferential policy for its employees which are additional three months of paid parental leave and receiving full pay for parents to stay at home to care for their children due to many schools have been forced to close over the concerns of the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company is calling the program “12-Week Paid Pandemic School and Childcare Closure Leave.”
The policy is meant to “give our employees greater flexibility and time off as they face extended school closures,” the spokesperson added.
The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing schools in 188 countries around the world to halt operations. UNESCO estimates this has affected more than 91% of global students, or 1.6 billion children and young people.
Many states in the US have extended school closing times due to the complicated course of the pandemic. Some governors said schools would be closed until the end of the school year, including Washington state, where Microsoft is headquartered.
Microsoft’s three-month full paid leave policy is one of the measures that technology companies take to adapt to the blockade. Most of their employees have moved to work remotely since last month.
Last month, Facebook announced it would award $ 1,000 to each of its 45,000 employees and will continue to pay full-time employees to pay for seasonal work despite the reduced workload. Google and Twitter also said they still pay casual pay employees as usual.
On April 8, the automaker Porsche issued a very encouraging announcement to employees who are temporarily on leave: rewarding each person 9,000 euros (approximately 10,000 USD) for their contributions to the company’s success in the fiscal year 2019. Of which, $760 will be included in their pension package. Last year, Porsche sales in North America increased by 7.6% to more than 61,000 vehicles.
Werner Weresch, President of Porsche, said the company would not be able to achieve such success without the efforts of its employees. It is known that Porsche has traditionally rewarded employees for their contribution to business results.
However, 2020 is likely to be a bleak year for Porsche in particular and other companies in general. Numerous carmakers around the world are temporarily closing due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic. For its part, Porsche announced the closure of two factories in Germany from March 18, and this will last until at least April 14.
While many companies are adopting policies to support workers through the crisis, e-commerce giant Amazon has been criticized for treating employees in the context of an outbreak, especially with people working at warehouses and distribution facilities.