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Apple Reportedly Told Dozens of Employees They Must Relocate or Be Terminated An estimate 121 employees will be affected by the decision.

By Emily Rella

Key Takeaways

  • Some Apple employees in San Diego were told they must move to Texas or lose their jobs.
  • Employees have until the end of February to make a decision.
  • Those who choose to move will be given a $7,000 relocation stipend — those who don't will get walking papers.

Some Apple employees in San Diego were reportedly told to relocate to Austin, Texas, or risk termination.

The at-risk employees are part of a 121-person team called the Data Operations Annotations, which focuses on artificial intelligence projects, namely improving and advancing Apple's Siri voice technology.

An Apple spokesperson told Bloomberg the move is a result of the company's goal to merge the San Diego DOA team with the other DOA employees in Austin.

Related: Apple Bans Employee ChatGPT Use Over Data, Privacy Concerns

"Data Operations Annotations teams in the US together at our campus in Austin, where a majority of the team is already based," the spokesperson told the outlet. "Everyone currently employed will have the opportunity to continue their role with Apple in Austin."

According to the unnamed sources, employees will have until the end of February to make a decision, and should they decide not to relocate, they'll be terminated from the company on April 26 and given four weeks of severance, plus an additional week for every year worked.

Those who choose to move will be given a $7,000 relocation stipend — and keep their jobs.

Employees in the DOA group had initially been told that they would be relocated to a new Apple campus in the same city by the end of January and were given moving boxes to pack up belongings. The news of the move to Texas was reportedly just announced days ago.

In the report, sources said that a majority of the San Diego-based workers are unwilling to make the move.

Related: Apple CEO Tim Cook Dishes to Dua Lipa About Succession Plans

Apple, which has avoided mass layoffs that have plagued and rocked the tech sector in the past year, has been cracking down on its in-office mandates.

In March, the company reportedly told employees that they must return to the office three days a week, with some management teams tracking employee attendance through badge records and telling employees that they could be terminated if they did not comply.

Emily Rella

Entrepreneur Staff

Senior News Writer

Emily Rella is a Senior News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. Previously, she was an editor at Verizon Media. Her coverage spans features, business, lifestyle, tech, entertainment, and lifestyle. She is a 2015 graduate of Boston College and a Ridgefield, CT native. Find her on Twitter at @EmilyKRella.

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