Starbucks Expands the Parental Leave Policy for Mothers and Fathers

Starbucks is at the root of the news yet again but this time for something grander than a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Throughout the years, Starbucks is one of the few companies that have not only remained relevant in changing times, but one that seems to care heavily about the work-life balance of their employees.

Since 1992, there have been strides put into place for the sole purpose of Starbucks partners—a name given to anyone working within or around the Starbucks conglomerate. From affordable healthcare woes carried out to Washington by Howard Schultz, who is now a Chairman and Chief Global Strategist, to work towards better healthcare plans in a downward spiraling time for healthcare.

It wasn’t affordable, and Schultz not only recognized this, but wanted to do something about it for his fellow Americans, and for his partners. 

Back in 2014, a plan was put into place for Starbucks’ partners called the Starbucks Achievement Plan, which goes to help eligible candidates who work for the company earn a college degree with full reimbursement by the company. Why? Because Shultz and his colleagues noticed, like healthcare, the cost of higher education was skyrocketing.

Here in 2017, Starbucks has once again one-upped the rest of corporate America by not only allowing, but placing it in their policy, paid parental lead.

This news comes after shocking revelations in regards to the United States being far behind the rest of the world and industrialized nations when it comes to parental leave benefits. However, Starbucks plans to spark the change heard and felt around the country.

With the new plan in place, mothers who are in-store partners will receive 6 weeks of 100 percent full paid leave for recovery and 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave. As for paternal leave? Starbucks has fathers covered, too. For fathers who are in-store partners, Starbucks will now allow 12 weeks of unpaid leave, and for fathers who are out-of-store partners, they’ll be allotted 12 weeks of paid leave.

“While we have made substantial investments in our partners, we want to continue to do more,” said Kevin Johnson, president and COO on Starbucks’ website. “This is one of many steps we are actively taking to evolve our benefits and create a Partner Experience that lives up to our aspirations.”

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