Microsoft is granting a 3-month special leave to working parents to help them manage the suspension of schools in view of pandemic of Koronoi. Parents working at Microsoft have the option of choosing how and when to use the license. In particular, according to a company representative at CNN Business, parents can take the entire 3-month leave together or alternatively take a few days off a week. THE company named the program a 3-month parental leave "12-Week Paid Pandemic School and Childcare Closure Leave", which was first published by Business Insider. Microsoft's policy is to provide employees with greater flexibility and leisure time so that they can be by their children's side now that school operations have been suspended due to COVID-19.
Coronio has led to the forced suspension of the operation of schools and universities in a large number of countries worldwide, while UNESCO estimates that the closure of educational institutions in 188 countries affects more than 91% of the world's student population, ie about 1,6 billion children and young people. Many US states have extended school closures, with some governors already announcing that schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year. This measure concerns, inter alia, the Washington, where Microsoft is based.
The 3-month parental leave provided by Microsoft is one of the various measures taken by technology companies around the world, in an effort to adapt to the new data created by lockdown, as most of their employees resort to remote work because of the global pandemic. Indicatively, the Facebook announced last month that it would give $ 1.000 to each of the company's 45.000 employees, while continuing to pay regular hourly wages and contract workers despite the reduced workload. THE Google and Twitter they have also stated that they will continue to pay their employees normally. However, in other technology companies, such as Amazon, workers work longer hours under the conditions created by Koronoi, especially those who work in warehouses and orders.