updated 12:55 pm EST, Fri January 31, 2014
Plans still nebulous
Apple is among of a number of US corporations that have agreed to change hiring practices to avoid discriminating against the long-term unemployed, says the New York Times. The pledge comes at the behest of President Obama, who is hosting a meeting of CEOs at the White House later today to promote his efforts. White House officials say that about 300 businesses have agreed to alter hiring policies, including 21 of the 50 biggest American corporations, and 47 out of the top 200.
Some of the other businesses participating in the pledge include Ford, Walmart, General Motors, Motorola, eBay, Deloitte, BlackRock, Morgan Stanley, Boeing, Bank of America, Marriott, McDonald's, and Walgreens. The specific hiring changes that might take place are unknown though, and White House officials aren't giving an estimate as to how many people might be helped by the plan.
Studies cited by the Times indicate that people are less likely to be accepted for interviews by employers the longer they've been unemployed. While by definition the long-term unemployed can only take positions that would've been filled by the short-term jobless, the White House says it wants to prevent people from giving up on finding work.