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Starbucks Is Extending Catastrophe Pay For Employees and Stores Closures. Here’s What To Know.

Starbucks just announced that it will extend catastrophe pay and other temporary benefits until at least May 3rd, 2020. This is for those that can not work and those that choose not to work during this time.

The temporary benefits were originally set to end on April 19th, but as things continue to change they chose to adjust the timeline.

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 together, I want to first take a moment to share my deepest gratitude and appreciation for all of you. You’ve led through an unbelievable amount of change these last few weeks and have come together in deeply human ways to support each other and our communities, including our brave front-line responders and health care workers.

Rossann Williams, executive vice president and president of U.S. company-operated business and Canada

What an amazing way to take care of employees during this uncertain time. Extending the catastrophe benefits will help so many people right now.

The catastrophe pay offered by Starbucks is for any employee that either can not work at this time or have chosen to self isolate at home to protect their health.

Employees that have chosen to continue working are receiving an additional $3 per hour over their regular pay.

We will continue other temporarily expanded benefits for partners, whether they are working a shift or not, like childcare support through Care@Work and our expanded Food/Beverage Benefit and discounts.

Rossann Williams, executive vice president and president of U.S. company-operated business and Canada

Starbucks is also extending the period of having the lobbies closed and using a to-go only service. This is also extended until May 3rd at this time.

After May 3, we do intend to slowly begin to adjust back to more normal operating models and benefits plans, recognizing that the COVID-19 situation in each community is still incredibly different and fluid.

Rossann Williams, executive vice president and president of U.S. company-operated business and Canada

I also wanted to remind frontline workers that you can get a free tall (hot or iced) coffee from Starbucks.

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