Starbucks Now Has the Best Parental Leave Policy of Any Major Restaurant Chain

January 20, 2017

New parents can get up to 18 weeks of fully paid leave

When it comes to parental leave policies, the U.S. falls far behind other developed nations — but Starbucks is trying to narrow that gap. On Thursday the coffee giant informed its American workforce that it’s expanding its parental leave policies, the New York Times reports, giving new parents up to 18 weeks of paid leave.

Starbucks’ website outlines the new benefits, which go into effect October 1: Birth mothers employed at Starbucks stores (baristas, et al) will now be eligible for six weeks of paid leave at