A growing number of companies in Silicon Valley will now offer paid time off for their employees to protest the president.
The Washington Post reports that San Francisco startup Fauna used to have employees take time off on an as-needed basis; now, though, its workers can take unlimited time to participate in rallies, vote, write letters or other activities related to civic duty.
A notable company that is following suit is Facebook. The social media giant is allowing employees to participate in immigration-related rallies on May 1. "At Facebook, we're committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable expressing their opinions and speaking up," a spokesman told Bloomberg an emailed statement. "We support our people in recognizing International Workers' Day and other efforts to raise awareness for safe and equitable employment conditions."
Startups like Turbine Labs, Buoyant and Jelly Industries are establishing similar rules. These tech companies could be hit hard by President Trump's new executive order to crack down on H1-B visas. Facebook, for example, leans on immigrant workers: more than 15 percent of its U.S. employees had temporary visas last year.
Check out signs from the recent Tax Day protests