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After telling its techies to work from home, Apple now offers help to its retail employees in midst of coronavirus crisis

Source | | Ryan Fernandez

Not long after telling its technical and corporate employees to work from home when possible, Apple Inc. is now extending infection-control measures to its retail employees.

9to5Mac reports that Cupertino-based Apple is offering unlimited sick leave to hourly employees — including retail workers — if they experience symptoms that could be related to a COVID-19 infection, and they do not have to get a doctor’s note for the time off.

Late last week, Apple asked employees in Seattle and Silicon Valley to work from home. CEO Tim Cook later issued a memo encouraging workers in “areas with the greatest density of infections” — including offices in the Valley, Seattle, South Korea, Japan and Italy — to spend the week working remotely, if their jobs allowed for it.

The company’s retail stores will remain open for now, according to 9to5Mac, though the company said it will take steps to limit the number of people in Apple stores. Hourly employees will continue to be paid their normal wages.

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