September 25, 2022
Starbucks is ending COVID-19 sick pay for workers next month

Starbucks on Monday Told It is eliminating COVID-19 sick pay for its employees from October 2, describing the pandemic as shifting into an “endemic phase”.

Workers at the company’s nearly 9,000 locations will no longer get the benefit of overtime if they contract the disease. COVID-19 program started with retailer in 2020 Say Employees that they could receive up to two weeks of “disaster” pay if they were diagnosed with the disease or were exposed to it and were required to self-isolate.

Now, workers will need to tap their sick and vacation pay if they have to isolate due to COVID-19, the company said. Under the current CDC guidelinesPeople who contract COVID-19 must stay at home and isolate for at least five days. The coffee chain said it is also phasing out its vaccine and side-effects payments by October 2 — benefits that provide workers with up to 2 hours of paid time off to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, plus 4 hours Pay up to Time off if vaccination results in side effects.

“This is another step as we return to our current policies and end these temporary programs,” Starbucks said in the statement.

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The company’s stance comes a day after President Biden told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” The COVID-19 pandemic is “over” in the United States of America. Still, there are COVID-19 deaths still average Around 400 per day nationwide, levels that federal health officials describe as “still very high.”

“Generous sick time” – for some?

Meanwhile, last week Starbucks Told It plans to introduce a new “generous sick time accrual model” soon.

But that new sick time policy cannot be extended to the roughly 230 Starbucks locations that have become unionized, according Pro-union publication for A More Perfect Union. Starbucks did not immediately return a request for comment.

In its Monday statement regarding the end of COVID-19 pay, Starbucks noted that changes in benefits or wages “may not be implemented unilaterally in stores with event or subject to collective bargaining for stores with certified union representation.” Will happen.”

Along with the National Labor Relations Board, Starbucks’ behavior of unionized workers has drawn condemnation from government regulators Ask Pay back and benefits for the unionized barista in May. The NLRB claims that the coffee company has illegally withheld wages and benefits of thousands of organized workers.

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