Google will require
contracting companies it does business with to give employees health
care, parental leave and other benefits. The decision comes after months
of activism from Google staff and contractors asking for equal
The new policy will require health benefits, sick leave, a $15
minimum wage, paid parental leave and $5 000 a year for education, a
Google spokesperson wrote in an email.
More than half the internet giant’s workforce is not full time. The
company pays for tens of thousands of contractors, temporary workers and
vendors – known internally as TVCs – who do everything from serving
food in cafeterias to software code. Some of these people are employed
by large staffing firms, including
Alphabet’s Google is famous for generous benefits and luxurious
working conditions. Now, contracting firms will have to offer some of
these expensive benefits, too.
Google’s top requirement is comprehensive health care that covers the
employee and their dependents and includes hospitalization,
preventative and wellness services, laboratory and emergency services,
prescription drugs, mental health services, labour and delivery, newborn
and pediatric services, oral and vision care, rehabilitative and
habilitative care, and counseling.
A Google representative told the Hill that the company will give
suppliers until 2022 to institute the health-care benefits. The Hill
reported Google’s move earlier.
Contracting firms must also provide a minimum of eight days of sick
leave, plus 12 weeks of paid leave for birth parents, non-birth and
adoptive parents. The $5 000 a year for education will be in the form of
tuition reimbursement to learn new skills or take courses, Google said.
“Going forward, in order to do business with Google, all companies
that employ US vendors and temporary staff will need to provide these
things,” the spokesperson said.