Richmond area businesses advise employees work from home, use caution

Richmond area businesses advise employees work from home, use caution
A Capital One sign is shown at a location in San Francisco, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Source: Jeff Chiu)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - As the coronavirus continues to spread across the nation, Richmond area businesses are asking employees to work from home out of the abundance of caution.

Capital One

Capital One offices located in Richmond are urging employees to use caution and work from home after the first case of the coronavirus in Central Virginia has been confirmed.

Capital One associates and contractors who have remote roles are being encouraged to work from home.

For employees who work at a Capital One building, the company is implementing additional precautions when possible to improve social distancing and reduce density inside of the office.

In the near future, Capital One will announce increased paid leave and more flexible attendance policies that will be effective immediately and in place until the company gives further notice. Capital One says the goal is to provide additional support for employees to take care of themselves and their families when sick, along with ensuring that employees stay home when they are not feeling well.

Capital One has already stopped non-essential travel and canceled many internal events to support social distancing.

The company says they are unaware of any cases of the virus among its workers. If that were to change, appropriate site-specific steps would be taken.

Capital One is the largest private employer in the region and employs near 11,000 people.

Genworth Financial

Genworth Financial is strongly encouraging employees to work from home for the foreseeable future starting on March 12.

“This is not in response to a specific incident involving our employees; rather, it is about doing our part to protect our colleagues, our families, our customers and our communities from the virus,” Genworth Financial said.

Separately, Genworth Financial closed the Lynchburg campuses for the rest of the week after an employee went to work with cold-like symptoms. The company is arranging for that employee to be tested.

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