Starbucks Extends Catastrophe Pay To Employees Until May 3, Says Lobbies Will Remain Closed Through Then


Starbucks has announced it will be extending temporary benefits to its employees through at least May 3, including catastrophe pay for those who cannot–or choose not to–be at work amid the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.

The coffee chain’s temporary benefits for employees was originally set to expire on April 19.

“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,” wrote Rossann Williams, the executive vice president and president of U.S. company-operated business and Canada, in a letter to employees.” 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.”

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