JPMorgan Chase tells managers to send up to half of NY metro employees to work from home in shifts

JPMorgan Chase on Thursday told managers to implement a plan to have employees based in offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Jersey City to start working from home in shifts beginning on Friday.

“We are asking our managers to arrange for no fewer than 25% and no greater than 50% of their team members who can effectively work from home, to begin doing so by the end of this week,” according to a memo obtained by CNBC, which was sent to staff Thursday morning.

The move is likely to be followed widely be other large New York-area employers: JPMorgan said it was following the request of Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reduce the density of workers at offices and taking mass transit. Still, sending wide swaths of employees home, as tech giants like Google and Amazon have done, signals an escalation in tactics as the coronavirus continues to spread.

JPMorgan said workers would be split up into two or more groups, and that the first stay-at-home shift would last through next Friday. Then, that group returns to the office while others work remotely, a weekly rotation that will be in place “until further notice,” the bank said.

The new mandate excludes traders and bank branch employees, who can’t easily work from home. JPMorgan and other banks, including Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, have sent traders to backup sites in New Jersey and Brooklyn starting this week. 

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