Internal Memo: IPG Informs Staff of Remote Work Changes in Compliance of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order

By Erik Oster 

In response to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s “New York State on Pause” executive order, calling on all non-essential businesses to close their offices and have employees work from home, IPG has sent a memo to staffers informing them that the holding company’s agencies are now required to move to work from home for 100% of its workforce in the state of New York.

IPG CEO Michael Roth previously updated IPG’s remote work policy on March 12 to call on all employees in areas particularly impacted by the spread of COVID-19, who could do so, to work from home, while still keeping those offices open.

Now all IPG employees in its 909 Third Avenue, New York offices will be required to work from home, beginning on Monday, March 23. The new memo informs employees that it is likely they will not have access to their office buildings after Sunday evening and calls on them to “consider any essential items you may need to retrieve from your workspace” before then. The usual requirements for retrieving IT equipment are being waived to allow employees to gather these materials.


Here is the memo in full:

In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s New York on Pause order, 100% of our workforce in New York State is now required to work from home until further notice. We expect the order will start to be implemented this coming Monday, March 23rd. Therefore, this weekend is the time to consider any essential items you may need to retrieve from your workspace.

It is now likely that we will not have access to our buildings (including 909 Third Avenue) after Sunday evening, March 22nd, when the order goes into effect. While most of us have prepared to work from home and have what we need, if you do need to get anything from the building—documents, monitors, other equipment–you need to do so before Sunday evening.

During this time, 909 Third Avenue will waive its usual requirement that you have a special pass to remove your IT equipment. If you encounter any issues when going into or out of the building, please contact (IPG contact) or (IPG contact). For those of you in other buildings, please check with your facilities and/or HR lead before removing any equipment.

We hope that you and your families are remaining safe and well during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you updated.