Apple will change a policy that prohibits construction workers with felony convictions from building its campus in Cupertino, Ca., the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Construction workers who lost their jobs because of felony convictions within the past seven years will now be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, Apple said. The company said this will mirror its hiring policy for other positions. Apple said its earlier guidelines were part of a background check process unique to construction at the new campus. “We recognize that this may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance,” said Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock.
The Chronicle reported earlier that several construction workers had lost their jobs at Apple's campus in January because of previous convictions. Union leaders expressed their concerns to Apple CEO Tim Cook and state Attorney General Kamala Harris. Michael Theriault, president of Iron Workers Local Union 377, said, “It is important to us in the trades that we continue to be an opportunity for all communities, and that the prior conviction for those who actually served their time and paid their debt to society no longer stands as a barrier to employment.”