U.S. Apple store workers to get paid time off to vote in November

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What you need to know

  • Apple is giving employees time off to vote this November.
  • Specifically, retail and hourly workers can get four hours paid time off to vote.
  • Teams can also use the time to volunteer at the elections if they so wish.

Apple has told its retail and hourly workers they can have up to four hours of paid time off to go an vote in the U.S. election this November.

According to a report from Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. told U.S. employees they can take as many as four hours off with pay on Election Day to vote or volunteer at a polling place.

The policy applies to both retail employees and other hourly workers. As Bloomberg notes, other U.S. companies including Twitter and Uber offer similar policies.

In a memo sent to employees, Apple's senior VP of retail and people, Deirdre O'Brien told employees:

"For retail team members and hourly workers across the company, if you're scheduled to work this Election Day, we'll be providing up to four hours of paid time off if you need it to get to the polls. If they choose, our teams can also use this time to volunteer as an election worker at one of your local polling stations."

Apple already offers its employees similar initiatives regarding volunteering in other sectors.

Elections in the U.S. last month were plagued by reports of very long queues due to faulty machines and understaffed polling stations amongst other things.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9