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Apple's Latest Return-to-Office Attempt Reportedly Set for Sept. 5

After multiple delays due to COVID-19 spikes, the tech company's corporate employees may be headed back to the office three days a week.

Tim Cook on stage in front of screen showing Apple's office.
Apple's corporate employees will be required to work from the office three days a week.
Screenshot by CNET

Apple has set a new deadline for its return-to-office policy, Bloomberg reported Monday. 

Starting on Sept. 5, Apple's corporate employees will be required to work from the office three days a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays and a third day to be determined on a team-by-team basis.

In mid-2021, Apple CEO Tim Cook originally called for employees to return to the office by September of that year. The plan was pushed back to October, then several additional times amid a series of COVID-19 surges. In December 2021, the tech giant delayed return-to-office plans indefinitely and then once again reportedly pushed back a plan for a May 2022 return

Apple's plan for a hybrid home-and-office work schedule has been criticized by some employees who say it offers "almost no flexibility." The company's leadership has stressed it believes in-person collaboration is essential

News of Apple's latest return-to-office deadline comes amid reports Monday that the company laid off about 100 recruiter  contractors in a move to slow hiring and curb spending.  

Apple didn't immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.