Apple Eases Corporate Worker COVID-19 Policy

Apple Eases Corporate Worker COVID-19 Policy

Apple has, as part of a program to encourage corporate workers to return to the office, changed its COVID-19 policy and will no longer require employees to get tested before entering the office.

Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, Apple encouraged employees to get vaccinated and ramped up testing for employees in 2021. In March 2022, Apple dropped its mask mandates for corporate and retail employees as the pandemic eased.

A report from Platformer‘s Zoe Schiffer (via AppleInsider) says Apple will stop mandating employees to test before coming to work, starting on January 30. The company will also end its special sick leave policy, which previously allowed unlimited sick leave for workers experiencing covid symptoms.

Sick leave for employees ends in August 2023. Until then, employees get a maximum of 5 days of sick leave if they test positive for COVID-19.

In addition to the changes above, Apple has in the past increased its benefits for US Apple Store employees, adding sick time and vacation days. The Cupertino firm also gave raises to retail employees as part of an effort to attack and retain workers.