Airbnb tells Bay Area employees to work from home for the next 2 weeks due to coronavirus concerns and says it will continue to pay hourly workers

FILE PHOTO: The Airbnb logo is seen on a little mini pyramid under the glass Pyramid of the Louvre museum in Paris, France, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Airbnb logo is seen on a mini pyramid under the glass Pyramid of the Louvre museum in Paris.

  • Airbnb has told its Bay Area employees to work from home for the next two weeks as concerns grow surrounding the coronavirus, a spokesperson told Business Insider.
  • Airbnb is also working with vendors to ensure hourly workers continue to be paid during this time, the spokesperson said.
  • Airbnb is the latest of several companies in the area, including Facebook, Google, and Salesforce, which have implemented remote work policies and promised to pay hourly workers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Airbnb has instructed all employees and contingent workers in the Bay Area to work from home for the next two weeks as the coronavirus continues to spread, a spokesperson told Business Insider.

The online travel giant is the latest company to ask employees to work from home as more cases of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19, are confirmed in the region.Advertisement

Airbnb is also working with its vendors to ensure that the food service, janitorial, security, and other support staff they employee on behalf of Airbnb continue to be paid their normal wages during this time period, the spokesperson said.

Airbnb's policy comes on the heels of Microsoft's announcement last week that it would keep paying hourly workers even if staffing needs decline as a result of remote work plans - a policy several other tech companies have since adopted.

Axel Springer, Insider Inc.'s parent company, is an investor in Airbnb.
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