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Apple extending full health to part-time employees?

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Tue October 27, 2009

Change said to stem from worker dissatisfaction

Part-time workers for Apple will soon have the same medical benefits as full-time ones, sources say. Equal insurance is expected to become available in January, and apply to anyone working 15 or more hours a week, so long as a person also has at least a year of Apple experience. The company has approximately 9,900 part-time workers at retail, a large percentage of which should be covered by the new policy.

The change is said to have its origins in the unhappiness of part-time workers voiced during the past year. That resulted in the company circulating an internal survey, which determined benefits and insurance to be common complaints.

Apple is currently said to pay for as much as 65 percent of a full-time worker's insurance, a ratio which should extend to the part-time sphere. Plans at Apple cover a range of different relationship situations, from individuals and married couples to domestic and same-sex partners. The expansion of insurance to most employees could cost the company in excess of $80 million annually.

Complete medical coverage is rare for part-time workers in the US, many of whom have reduced benefits or none at all.




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  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Small price to pay


    upwards of 80 million a year? Small price to pay for happy employees and it will help keep the experienced workers around longer, part time or otherwise.

    Good move.

  1. chas_m

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    Good move, but ...

    ... hopefully one that will ultimately be unnecessary, thanks to the introduction of universal public healthcare into the US, finally joining the entire rest of the world in getting on board with the concept that third-party, profit-making middlemen don't need to be involved in healthcare.

    Maybe someday the US will even see the light and switch to metric ...

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    @chas_m

    YES

  1. frijole

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    This is a horribly misleading headline

    Nowhere, even on the linked-to IFO Apple Store post, is there any concrete evidence this is going to happen, nothing more than "According to sources..."

    Yet the headline screams that it WILL HAPPEN.

    Not only that, large portions of the article are almost identical, so you guys didn't even bother re-writing it, just copied and pasted.

    Shame on you.

  1. SCslugger

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    The headline is in the form of a question

    This cost constitutes .005% of Apple's bank balance.

    This is a very very good move. (I don't work there. Those shirts are horrendous.)

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