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In Lieu of Paid Holiday, Apple Encourages Employees to Volunteer on Martin Luther King Day

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    Martin Luther King Jr. appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" three days before delivering his historic "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963.

    Apple is defending its policy on Martin Luther King Day, which will be observed nationally on Monday Jan. 19, after a Silicon Valley media blog called out the company for not making it a paid holiday.

    The suggestion is that Apple is making a misstep, especially as tech companies are striving for greater diversity.

    NBC Bay Area reached out to Apple, which confirms, while Monday is not a paid holiday, the company has encouraged employees to volunteer as a way to honor Dr. King. In turn, Apple, through its matching gifts program, is contributing $50 for every employee hour worked.

    MLK Day is a federal holiday, which means government workers will have the day off.

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    In its article, Valleywag notes Bay Area-based companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo all give employees the holiday off.

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