Apple has lifted the ban on workers convicted of felonies within the past seven years from working on its new campus construction site.
Apple was criticized by union leaders, who say construction jobs are a key source of work for felons trying to transition back into society, reports the San Jose Mercury News.
"It recently came to our attention that, as part of a background check process unique to the Apple Campus 2 construction project, a few applicants were turned away because they had been convicted of a felony within the past seven years," Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said in a statement.
"We recognize that this may have excluded some people who deserve a second chance. We have now removed that restriction and instructed our contractors on the project to evaluate all applicants equally, on a case-by-case basis, as we would for any role at Apple."
Union leaders from Iron Workers Local Union 377 are scheduled to meet with Apple to decide the next the steps of the new policy.
Source: The San Jose Mercury News