Starbucks Extends ‘Catastrophe Pay’ Program To Employees Affected By Coronavirus


As the new coronavirus outbreak continues to spread across the U.S., Starbucks is extending its “catastrophe pay” — a benefit historically offered in response to hurricanes and flooding — to workers who have been impacted by COVID-19, the coffee chain announced.

Any Starbucks employee who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has close prolonged contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 — whether that’s a partner, a member of the worker’s household, or someone in their Starbucks store — will receive pay for 14 days of self-quarantine. Those two weeks can be supplemented by additional sick pay, vacation pay, or personal time off (Starbucks baristas accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked, CNBC reports). If employees are still unable to return to work, “additional pay replacement” can be made up to 26 weeks.

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