Starbucks announces new backup childcare benefits


Starbucks is sweetening the pot for employees with a new family care benefit.The company announced on Tuesday that it will provide workers with ten subsidized backup care days for children or adults.

Starbucks (SBUX) announced an expansive new set of benefits in January. At the time, the company said that it was giving all baristas sick leave plus $500 in stock grants ($2000 for store managers). Starbucks also announced higher wages and paid parental leave for up to six weeks, including for non-birth parents.

The new care policy “is the final piece of the puzzle,” said Ron Crawford, vice president of benefits at Starbucks. Starbucks noted that 2 million working parents quit their jobs in 2016 because of child care, according to the National Survey of Children’s Health. It says it is among the largest retailers in the United States to offer the benefit.

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