Apple is making changes to its employee scheduling at all of its U.S. and Canada retail stores, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman in the latest issue of his PowerOn newsletter.
Apple's roughly 300 stores in the United States and Canada will begin accepting new guidelines on April 29.
The main changes are:
- A maximum of five consecutive workdays, down from the prior limit of six.
- More weekend time off for part-time employees.
- A consistent weekend workday or day off for full-time employees.
These new restrictions may be temporarily suspended during peak shopping times (such as a new iPhone launch or during the Christmas shopping season) or for all-hands meetings. Time off must be requested at least four weeks in advance, a slight change from the previous three weeks' notice requirement.
A number of part-time Apple retail employees are concerned about a further new requirement, which they claim is being implemented at several shops. They are worried that they will be fired if they don't work on those days when they joined the Cupertino company.
Other part-time employees say their managers are requiring them to work at least a few extra hours per week than they previously required.