Increasing COVID-19 cases force Apple to delay three day in-person working plan
Bloomberg is out with a new report today claiming that Apple has delayed its planned three day in-person working arrangement for employees at its corporate offices, claiming that rising COVID-19 cases have forced Apple to ditch its stricter return-to-work plan and to enforce new mask requirements in common areas to limit the spread of the virus.
Apple started its return-to-work plan in April, requiring employees to work in-person at their offices for one day a week beginning April 11. The plan then increased to require in-person working for at least two days a week earlier this month, with the final phase requiring employees to work in-person for at least three days a week beginning May 23 however, those plans have now been halted.
Apple’s return-to-work plan has been postponed several times due to fluctuating COVID-19 infection rates. In December, Apple gave corporate employees $1000 to spend on home office equipment after originally pencilling in the return of corporate employees for September 2021.
“Apple was set to require employees to work from the office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning next week — a policy that had been controversial among some staff. Already, employees have been coming in two days a week as part of a ramp-up effort that began in April. For now, that mandate isn’t changing,” writes Bloomberg. “The company also told staff that they must again wear masks in common areas — at least in Silicon Valley offices. A spokesman for the Cupertino, California-based tech giant declined to comment.”
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