RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – A number of Apple employees are upset that the tech giant is cracking down on “work from home” options as a new three-days-a-week requirement kicks in this September.

“Some employees say they will quit if Apple doesn’t change its stance.,” tech news site The Verge reported Thursday night.

Apple and other tech firms are requiring workers to be back in the office at least on some days as social distancing rules sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic are relaxed.

“While Apple historically discouraged employees from working from home, there were one-off exceptions to the rule, and some teams were more lenient than others. Now, employees say that even those exceptions are being denied,” The Verge said.

Responding to employee concerns, Apple said no changes in policy would be made.

“Deirdre O’Brien, senior vice president of retail and people, sent a video in response saying that in-person collaboration was “essential” and noting the company would not be backing away from its current approach,” The Verge added.

Apple is planning to build a new campus in RTP.

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