Starbucks offers backup child care to all employees

The new benefit gives all workers access to 10 days of subsidized care for children and seniors each year.
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Starbucks on Tuesday added another employee perk, this one for working parents and other caregivers.

All of the coffee giant’s 180,000 employees at company-owned stores in the United States are eligible for 10 subsidized backup care days for children and adults, Starbucks announced.

The offering is made possible through a partnership with Care.com. Employees receive a free premium membership to the site, worth $150, giving them access to an online database of care providers. Under the subsidized program, employees will pay $1 an hour for in-home backup child or adult care or $5 a day per child for in-center care. The benefit is capped at 10 days per year.

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Employees can also receive free help with planning long-term care for seniors.

“This is giving our (employees) resources for things that happen in regular life,” Ron Crawford, vice president of benefits for Starbucks, said in a statement. “We wanted to give them something to help fill in the gaps.”

Earlier this year, Starbucks announced a new benefit which allows employees to accrue paid sick time based on hours worked to use for themselves or a family member’s care. The chain provides mental health benefits and paid parental leave. Starbucks is also testing a program that allows employees to get their full salary and benefits while serving at nonprofit organizations half of each work week.



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