SEC becomes first federal agency to ask DC employees to work from home over potential coronavirus case
“Late this afternoon, the SEC was informed that a Washington, DC Headquarters employee was treated for respiratory symptoms today (Monday),” the spokesperson said in a statement. “The employee was informed by a physician that the employee may have the coronavirus and was referred for testing.”
The spokesperson added, “Amongst other precautions, the SEC is encouraging Headquarters employees to telework until further guidance.”
The Washington Post
first reported the SEC’s decision.
The SEC isn’t the first American employer to pursue large-scale working from home. Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all encouraged employees in the Seattle area to work from home
due to concerns about the novel coronavirus outbreak in Washington
, which is among the hardest hit states. Last week, JPMorgan Chase
asked thousands of its employees to work from home for a day to test contingency plans, a person familiar with the matter told CNN Business.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
has said employers should have strategies ready to protect their workforce — and for some companies, that has meant a shift to virtual communications.
told its shareholders last week not to come to its annual meeting planned for Seattle, opting for a virtual annual meeting instead. Several web conferencing companies have rolled out limited-time free access
for many of their users.