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Microsoft reportedly letting employees work from home permanently

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Microsoft employees may get the chance to work from home permanently.


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Most Microsoft employees are still working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the tech giant will apparently offer them more freedom to do so when its offices reopen. The company is circulating “hybrid workplace” guidance internally that suggests more flexibility, The Verge reported Friday.

Managers will be able to approve permanent remote work, and employees who take that option will give up their assigned office space but be able to work in certain areas if and when they come into the office, the report said. In addition, employees will seemingly be able to work from home freely if they spend 50% of their work hours at the office.

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Massachusetts elementary school student reportedly sent home after sneezing

A fourth-grader in Massachusetts was reportedly sent home from his school after sneezing in class and told to not return until testing negative for COVID-19, the boy’s father told the local CBS affiliate station in Boston.



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Massachusetts elementary school student reportedly sent home after sneezing

Thierno Keita explained to WBZ-TV on Tuesday that he got a call from the nurse at Bishop Elementary School telling him he had to come pick up his son, Lancinet.

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“I sneezed two times then the teacher told me to go to the nurse,” Lancinet Keita said in an interview. “I was thinking I didn’t have anything just a couple sneezes.”

Thierno Keita said his son had no symptoms before arriving at the school just north of Boston on Tuesday. The father also claimed his son is still not exhibiting any coronavirus symptoms, taking Lancinet Keita’s temperature in the WBZ

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Google Reportedly Tightens Internal Message Board Guidelines As More Employees Work From Home

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Google is asking employees to more closely monitor internal message boards after an increase in posts flagged for racism or abuse, which it attributed to employees using the message boards more frequently as they work from home and the rise of “tough global conversations,” according to internal documents obtained by CNBC.

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Google is expanding a content moderation pilot it started in 2019 which barred employees from making statements that “insult, demean, or humiliate” other employees or business partners, discouraged employees from engaging in a “raging debate over politics or the latest news story” and set other community guidelines enforced by community managers, according to CNBC. 

Google now requires most of the owners of the company’s 75 discussion groups to go through moderation training

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JPMorgan Reportedly Sends NYC Workers Home As Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

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A JPMorgan equities trading employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to Bloomberg, leading the bank to send some Manhattan workers home ahead of a planned return to the office next week for more workers at the banking giant.

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The employee reportedly worked on the fifth floor of JPMorgan’s 383 Madison Ave. building, according to Bloomberg, citing an anonymous person who knew of the matter, which was not public prior to Tuesday.

JPMorgan employees were told on Sunday about their colleague testing positive for the coronavirus, Bloomberg reported.

The reported infection comes ahead of orders from JPMorgan’s C-suite for their senior sales and trading employees to return to the office September 21.

Bloomberg reported Monday that JPMorgan’s worker productivity plummeted among younger workers at the beginning

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