Apple Outlines $30M Bag Check Lawsuit Settlement on Legal Website
Apple in November settled a long-running lawsuit over employee bag checks, with the Cupertino company agreeing to pay $29.9 million to employees who were subjected to off-the-clock bag searches, and now details about the settlement are available on Apple’s website.
California employees first sued Apple in 2013, and in 2015, the case escalated into a class action lawsuit. Employees claimed that Apple subjected them to mandatory bag checks that were “embarrassing and demeaning,” with those checks conducted after the end of a shift, causing employees to stay at work an extra 10 to 15 minutes.
Apple said that its bag searches ensured that employees were not hiding stolen electronics in their personal belongings. Apple claimed that employees who did not want to be subjected to bag searches could simply avoid bringing a bag to work, but this argument ultimately did not work for Apple and in 2020, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Apple needed to pay the employees for the time they had spent in bag searches.
Apple and lawyers for the Apple employees in California reached a settlement last year and in November, asked a judge to approve it. Apple has agreed to pay nearly $30 million, and the more than 14,000 workers involved in the lawsuit will receive payments based on the individual shifts worked. Current and former employees will be receiving emails and letters from Apple with specific information about their potential payment amount.
Details about the Apple Bag Check Class Action Settlement can be found on Apple’s legal website, with documents available for California employees subjected to bag checks between July 25, 2009 and August 10, 2015.
The bag search policy has been long discontinued and Apple has not conducted bag searches since 2015. The Final Approval Hearing for the settlement will take place on July 7, 2022.
Apple Employees Expected to Return to Offices in February
Apple employees are expected to begin returning to corporate offices starting on February 1, according to a memo Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out to staff today.
The memo, obtained by The Information, says that employees will return under the hybrid work pilot that was announced earlier this year. Starting in February, employees will work at Apple’s campuses and offces for one to two days each…
Apple Expands Efforts to Vaccinate Employees, But Doesn’t Mandate Vaccines
Apple is further pushing its employees in the United States to get vaccinated now that the Food and Drug Administration has officially approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, reports Bloomberg.
Apple has launched a new internal web page, sent out an employee memo, and is holding internal talks as part of its vaccination campaign.”Apple is asking everyone who has access to the vaccine and is…
Apple Giving Retail Employees Up to a $1,000 One-Time Bonus
Apple is planning to give its Apple Store employees one-time bonuses amounting to up to $1,000, reports Bloomberg. The bonuses will be provided to employees who have been working during the ongoing global health crisis.
Retail employees who were hired before March 31, 2021 will be given $1,000, and employees who joined after that date will be given $500. Employees hired for the holiday…
Apple Requiring Unvaccinated Corporate Employees to Be Tested for COVID-19 Daily
Apple corporate employees who are unvaccinated or who have not shared their vaccination status with Apple will need to undergo a COVID-19 test each time they come into the office, reports Bloomberg.
An employee going into the office on a daily basis would need to be tested each day of the week under the new rules. Apple is still stopping short of implementing a vaccine mandate that would…
Apple Delays Corporate Return to Offices Indefinitely
Apple employees are no longer going to be returning to corporate offices in February as planned due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the newly emerging omicron variant, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a memo sent out today.
Back in November, Apple sent out a letter telling employees that Apple would expect them to start returning to the office on February 1, but that return date has now…
Apple Asks All U.S. Employees to Share Vaccination Status, Still No Mandate
Apple this week began asking all of its employees in the United States to provide details on their vaccination status, reports Bloomberg.
Employees have been asked to voluntarily share whether they have been vaccinated by mid-September, and this applies to both employees working in an office and those working remotely. In a memo, Apple said that its focus is keeping “team members, their…
Apple Executive Addresses Recent Employee Concerns in Internal Video
In a video broadcasted to staffers days before Labor Day, Apple’s retail and people chief Deirdre O’Brien addressed the growing number of Apple employees voicing their opinions about workplace issues like pay inequality.
For those unaware, over the last few weeks, some Apple employees have taken to Twitter to share their workplace frustrations, sparking the “AppleToo” movement. Created by a…
Mockup Shows What iPhone 14 With Pill-Shaped Cutout Could Look Like in Your Hand
The upcoming high-end iPhone 14 is expected to come with a pill-shaped cutout rather than the notch that’s been present on the iPhone in some form since 2017. While we’re still months away from the next iPhone, we already have a solid idea of what a pill-shaped cutout would look like in practical use.
A mockup on Twitter by developer Jeff Grossman shows, at least on the Home Screen, what a…
Apple Releases Minor iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 Updates
Apple today released minor 15.2.1 updates for iPhone and iPad users, and the software comes one month after Apple launched iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 with a slew of improvements.
The iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 update can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General >…
Apple’s Polishing Cloth is Finally Back in Stock
Alongside the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models released in October, Apple introduced an Apple-branded microfiber Polishing Cloth priced at $19, which, like many overpriced Apple products, quickly turned into a joke.
The Polishing Cloth sold out within a day, and shipping estimates initially pushed into November as Apple fans didn’t want to be the only one without a special Apple…
Clones of Popular ‘Wordle’ Game Flooding App Store, Including One Charging $30 Per Year [Updated]
If you’re a regular internet user you’ve probably heard of popular web-based daily guessing game Wordle, created by Josh Wardle. The game, which is entirely free to play, was introduced last fall and has been spreading like wildfire.
Wordle asks players to guess a five letter word by identifying which letters are in the word and are located in the right location. Players get six guesses per…
Missed AirPods Deals Over the Holidays? Here Are All The Best Discounts You’ll Find in January
January is a month known for having less consistently good deals in comparison to November and December, and January 2022 has been no different. Still, if you’re shopping for a pair of AirPods after having missed out on the 2021 holiday season prices, there are some discounts you can take advantage of as we start off 2022.
Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors….
Apple Car Schematics Reportedly Presented to Japanese Auto Parts Maker in 2020
In January 2020, a man who identified himself as an Apple parts manager informed Japanese auto supplier Sanden that Apple wanted to make electric vehicles, and presented schematics of an electric vehicle and air conditioner parts, according to Nikkei Asia.
Apple Car concept by Vanarama based on patents filed by Apple Sanden is a leading manufacturer of air conditioner parts for vehicles, and…
Kuo: Apple Headset Will Use Same 96W Power Adapter as 14-Inch MacBook Pro
Apple’s rumored AR/VR headset will use the same 96W USB-C power adapter included with the higher-end 14-inch MacBook Pro, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Apple Headset render by Ian Zelbo In a research note today with TF International Securities, obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said that Apple’s headset using a 96W power adapter proves that it will have Mac-level computing power, as he has…