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Tim Cook: Apple employees will be working from home by early 2021



  • Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company will extend its work-from-home policy for U.S. workers until early 2021, according to a Bloomberg report.
  • Whether that timeline would be further extended would depend on “success with a vaccine, success with therapies” and other conditions, Cook said.
  • Smartphone maker joins other tech titans Google in extending its telecommuting policy – Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees Monday they should expect to work from home for at least 30 June 2021.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s employees could continue to work from home until early 2021

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Cook outlined the company plans to expand its work-from-home policy in an interview Thursday with Bloomberg.

“To go beyond that, it will depend on success with a vaccine, success with therapy,” and other factors, Cook said of the exit. The CEO also compared the office reopening plans to the company’s strategy in reopening its retail stores. He said the “accordion” process would allow the company to reopen and repaint offices as needed depending on updated data.

In late May, Apple reportedly began asking employees to start returning to work that month and by June, with even more expected to return to office in July.

Cook’s comment comes days after news surfaced of Google’s intention to extend its work-from-home policy until the summer of 2021. No company has gone as far as Square and Twitter, who both announced that are allowing employees to work remotely on a permanent basis if they choose.


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