Many American tech companies give employees the day off, but Apple has elected not to do this. Instead of paid leave, Apple is encouraging employees to volunteer. As part of its gift matching program, Apple will donate an additional $50 for every voluntary hour worked by employees.
Apple has updated its homepage today in commemoration of Martin Luther King, which Apple CEO Tim Cook has often noted as an inspiration for his work. Cook says he has pictures of Martin Luther King on his desk. However, this is the first time Apple has recognised Martin Luther King day (which happens on the third Monday of every January) so openly on its website.