Starbucks Canada is now offering three paid COVID-19 sick days to all of its hourly employees across the country. Employees can take their allotted days retroactively from April 19 and will be able to book these days off until September 25.
Employees can apparently use these sick days intermittently, according to a press release sent to Narcity. So, employees scheduled for work one day can take it off if they're not feeling well and need to check in on their symptoms.
This is a new addition to other COVID-19 supports Starbucks currently offers. Employees are also eligible for vaccination pay, vaccine side-effect pay and extended self-isolation pay. This means everyone is granted paid time off to get vaccinated, if they're feeling unwell within 48 hours after getting a dose and if they need to self-isolate after being exposed to COVID-19.
Starbucks also announced that they'll be raising pay for all hourly workers as part of their commitment to staying above the country's current minimum wage rate.
Beginning Monday, May 31, starting rates for baristas will increase to at least 25 cents over minimum wage, and all hourly employees – baristas, shift supervisors and café attendants – hired on or before March 1, 2021, will see a 5% minimum increase to their pay.
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