Apple is ultimately banning "bonded servitude." When workers are charged excessive fees to join an assembly line, Williams says that "it is in essence bonded servitude," according to Bloomberg. The practice means employees begin work in debt to their employer, and some have their passports confiscated which they cannot get back until they have paid the company off.
The crucial change is that the US tech giant now prohibits any worker on an assembly line producing its devices from being charged fees for working there. Before, Apple only prevented "excessive fees" from being implemented. Apple said previously that any fee worth more than a month's pay was considered to be too much for staff to cough up.
“That fee needs to be paid by the supplier and Apple ultimately bears that fee when we pay the supplier and we’re OK doing that,” Williams told Bloomberg. “We just don’t want the worker to absorb that.”