The general return to the office is apparently without a vaccination requirement at Apple: In the future, employees who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 will have to be tested before each entering a company facility, as the company says, according to information from the financial news agency Bloomberg has now given in an instruction to employees. The same policy applies to employees who do not want to disclose their vaccination status as planned by the end of the current month.
Rapid tests also for vaccinated employees
Apple employees who have already been vaccinated should continue to be checked once a week using a rapid test to prevent the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus, writes Bloomberg. The new requirement will take effect from the beginning of November. Different rules apply to employees in the company’s shops: they only have to be tested twice a week if they have not been vaccinated, and once a week if they have been vaccinated.
Apple continues to be less “aggressive” than other US IT companies, notes the financial news agency. For example, Google and Facebook only want to see vaccinated employees in the office. The group may adjust its strategy further – also with regard to the requirements of the US government on mandatory vaccination for state contractors.
Return to the Apple office in January
A general return to the office – for at least three fixed days per week – is currently not planned at Apple until January 2022 after several postponements. Some employees were annoyed in advance about a lack of flexibility on the part of their employer, they want to be able to continue working from home after well over a year in the home office. So far, Apple has insisted on the planned hybrid model, there are things that video conferences “simply cannot reproduce,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in June.
Several employees asked the group to leave more options when choosing where to work and to give individual teams greater freedom of choice. In the event of dismissals, Apple should also check whether the office obligation had played a role.
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