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Starbucks Parental Leave Benefits

You will not find another company that has pioneered more innovative benefits for full- and part-time employees: Our benefits package is available to eligible partners (employees) who work at least 20 hours a week and includes comprehensive and affordable health insurance, a tuition-free college degree program, equity in the form of stock, and more.

Our benefits are reflective of our mission and commitment to be a different kind of company and put our people first. We consistently evolve our benefits based on ongoing conversations with our partners as we learn more about their different benefits needs and preferences. We want to always meet and exceed the expectations of our partners who make Starbucks successful and lead across our industry.

Expanding our parental leave benefit

In January 2017, we announced to U.S. partners our plans to expand Starbucks parental leave benefits at the beginning of Starbucks next fiscal year, Oct. 1, 2017. Our current and now expanded parental leave benefits exceed what most retailers provide full- or part-time workers.

As of Oct. 1

  • All benefits-eligible birth mothers (store and non-store) working at least 20 hours a week will be eligible for six weeks of leave for medical recovery, paid at 100 percent of their average pay. Previously, those six weeks for all partners were paid at 67 percent of average pay.
    • This benefit will be exceptional within the retail industry, especially because we make it available to benefits-eligible store partners working part-time, as well as full-time, like the rest of our benefits package.
  • In addition, all benefits-eligible store partner new parents – including spouses and domestic partners working part-time or greater who welcome a new child, by birth, foster or adoption, will be eligible to take 12 weeks of unpaid leave without needing to meet Family Medical Leave (FMLA) eligibility requirements. This is also rare in the retail industry.
  • And to be more competitive in our efforts to seek and retain non-store talent, any benefits-eligible non-store partner new parents – including spouses and domestic partners – who welcome a new child, by birth, foster or by adoption, will be eligible to take 12 weeks of leave paid at 100 percent of average pay.

In FY16 alone, we invested over $558 million in our benefits package for both part-time and full-time partners.

For more information about the history of Starbucks partner benefits, please review our Fast Facts page.


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