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Starbucks Ends COVID-19 Sick Pay

Starbucks is no longer offering its employees sick pay for COVID-19. The company, which first offered the benefit in 2020 with a promise that those infected or exposed to the virus could get up to two weeks of “catastrophe” pay, now notes that the pandemic is in “the endemic phase.” So reports CBS News.

starbucks 2346226 640 smallIt officially ended its sick pay benefit Oct. 2 for employees at nearly 9,000 cafes. Employees also lost access to vaccine and side-effects pay, which afforded them up to two hours of paid time off to get a COVID-19 vaccine, and up to four hours paid time off if they experienced side effects after taking the vaccine.

Starbucks also announced plans to introduce a new "generous sick time accrual model.” But that benefit may not be granted to about 230 of its cafes that have unionized, according to A More Perfect Union, a union publication. The company did not respond to a comment request ahead of the publication deadline.

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