Apple lifts COVID-19 test requirement for employees

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies around the world to change the way they work, including Apple. However, as the situation is now under more control, Apple is once again changing its policy for employees who will no longer need to be tested for COVID-19 before going to the office.

Apple wants more employees in the office as COVID-19 policy eases

The journalist reported Zoe Schiffer, who learned from Apple sources that the company is once again making changes to its COVID-19 policy. Among the new policies, Apple employees will no longer need to be tested for COVID-19 before going to the office for personal work. The company is currently still testing its employees to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Another change Apple is making to its COVID-19 policy is related to sick days. Since the pandemic, company employees have had unlimited sick days if they have symptoms of COVID-19. However, under the new policy, Apple employees will be allowed no more than five days of illness if they test positive for COVID-19.

The end of the COVID-19 testing requirement ends on January 30, and the unlimited sick days end in August. With these changes, Apple expects to increase the number of employees working in its offices.

In April 2022, Apple corporate employees began returning to in-person work after two years of remote work due to the pandemic. Employees were required to work in person one day a week. A month later, this requirement was increased to two days a week. Since last September, Apple employees have been required to work in person three days a week.

Compared to other major tech companies, Apple is more strict about its work-from-home policy. This has resulted in some employees and even top managers leaving the company in the past two years.

What about WWDC and in-person events?

Due to the pandemic, Apple has stopped holding its traditional face-to-face events with the press and other guests. This also applies to WWDC, the company’s annual developer conference. Last year, Apple invited a limited number of developers to attend WWDC directly from Apple Park. However, as with the iPhone 14 launch, the event was pre-recorded despite there being a lot of people there.

It is not yet clear what will happen this year. It looks like the company is still focusing on pre-recorded events and sessions, as we saw with the recent release of the iPad Pro M2 and the latest M2 Macs. But as the company loosens its COVID-19 policy, it looks like we’re getting closer to seeing in-person events like WWDC with a bunch of guests again.