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Starbucks Is Latest to Expand Paid Leave Policy on Outbreak

A Starbucks Corp. Location Ahead Of Earnings Figures

Photographer: Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg

Starbucks Corp. will expand emergency pay for staff affected by the coronavirus in its U.S. stores, the latest major company to adjust paid leave policies in response to the worsening outbreak.

The “catastrophe pay” will be available to employees, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms, for up to 14 days, the coffee chain said in a memo seen by Bloomberg News. Starbucks will also offer “additional pay replacement” for as much as 26 weeks to employees unable to return to work after that period, it said.