Google is extending the contracts of temp workers whose jobs were about to end during the pandemic — starting with the hundreds that were due to leave this week (GOOG)

Sundar Pichai

  • Google is extending the contracts of temporary workers
    whose jobs were due to end during the pandemic.
  • The company is keeping workers who were due to end from
    March 20 onwards on for an extra two months.
  • Workers had raised concerns internally that workers
    might have to start looking for other jobs amid an unprecedented
    outbreak and economic downturn.
  • 600 temporary Google workers had been due to end their
    roles at the company this week. 
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Google is extending the contracts of its temporary workers whose
jobs were due to end during the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley-based search engine giant
informed its workers it would be extending the contracts of all
workers due to end on March 20 or later by an extra two month “to
support our temporary workforce during this unprecedented time,”
Business Insider has learned.

Google has more than 270,000 workers around the world, internal
data shows — but roughly half of these are temporary workers,
vendors, and contractors (TVCs), without all the same perks and
benefits as full-time employees. Temporary workers are a subset of
these, and are typically brought on for a one-year fixed-length
contract, which can be extended for a maximum of two years.

As COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, has rocked businesses
around the globe and sparked an severe and unexepected economic
downturn, some Googlers have voiced concerns internally about what
this might mean for temps whose contracts are expiring and may be
forced to look for new jobs in an uncertain economy. Last week, one
temp highlighted data on an internal company forum indicating that
more than 600 other temp workers were due to end their roles at
Google in the space of a single week as the pandemic grew.

After Business Insider reached out to Google for comment, a
spokesperson said that Google has decided to extend the assignments
of all temporary workers with contracts that end between March 20
and May 15 if they are legally able to, for an additional 60
days. 

The company also informed workers of the change on
Tuesday. “During the normal course of business, many temporary
assingments are extended beyond their initial one year angement —
these extentions will proceed as normal,” Google told workers.

“However, to assuport our temporary workforce during this
unprecedented time, all temporary staff assignments that are
scheduled to end from March 20, 2020, through May 15, 2020 will be
automatically extended by 60 days from their original end date.
This includes assignments that have reached their maximum
length-of-service, where legally allowed.”

Google also previously
set up a fund that would offer paid sick leave to contractors and
temp workers
who couldn’t work due to COVID-19 symtpoms or
quarantines.

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Google is extending the contracts of temp workers whose jobs were about to end during the pandemic — starting with the hundreds that were due to leave this week (GOOG)