Starbucks expands benefits for new parents

January 20, 2017

Starbucks Corp. is expanding benefits for new parents, including paid leave for birth mothers and unpaid leave for fathers, spouses and foster or adoptive parents.

The new policy was announced Wednesday. It includes all non-birth parents, including same-sex spouses, foster, and adoptive parents.

The Seattle-based coffeehouse operator said that effective Oct. 1, store-employee birth mothers would be eligible for six weeks of 100-percent paid leave, compared with the current benefit of 67 percent of average pay and 12 weeks of unpaid leave. To be eligible, employees must work a minimum of 20 hours a week.

In addition, Starbucks will offer