Apple has confirmed the company is enhancing benefits for U.S. retail workers, including doubling sick days for full-time and part-time employees.

The move implies that Apple is considering efforts to attract and retain hourly workers for its retail outlets in a tight labor market.

The increase in sick days also addresses retail workers’ concerns about potentially losing income due to pandemic-related laws and the CDC-recommended isolation period for close contacts or positive testing.


According to Bloomberg News, which broke the story first, full-time retail workers will be entitled to 12 paid sick days each year, which is double the previous number.

Retail employees will receive more vacation days if they are qualified, while part-time employees would receive up to six vacation days.

Retail workers are now eligible for paid parental leave and reduced emergency child care.

It’s currently a job-seeker’s market in the United States, especially for hourly or retail jobs.

The Labor Department said there were more than 4.6 million more job openings than unemployed workers in December, for example.

Workers are increasingly shifting from one job to another in search of higher compensation or better working circumstances.

Economists predict workers will continue to leave and join new companies at high rates throughout the year.

Part-time jobs and employees will also have access to subsidized emergency backup care for their youngsters or senior family members.

An Apple spokesperson acknowledged the modifications, stating that they have been in the works for several months.

The Cupertino, California-based corporation is having difficulty hiring and retaining staff, particularly in certain sections of the country.

Apple store employees have also expressed dissatisfaction with their working circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Source: Bloomberg

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