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Apple delays return to office plans amid rising COVID-19 cases, report says

The tech giant reportedly won't expect employees back until October at the earliest.

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Apple has reportedly delayed plans to have workers return to offices by at least a month as COVID-19 cases in many areas are on the rise. Apple is pushing its deadline to at least October and will give employees a month's warning before mandating they return to offices, according to a report Tuesday from Bloomberg

The iPhone maker previously asked employees to come back into offices at least three days a week starting in September. That plan, however, has faced pushback. Apple employees this week reportedly began circulating a new internal petition, the second in two months, asking executives for more flexible working conditions. 

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The company has said internally that it believes in-person collaboration is an essential part of its culture.