Employees at Starbucks will continue to be paid for the next 30 days whether they are working or not during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a March 22 letter to Starbucks customers and partners (employees), CEO and president of Starbucks Kevin Johnson said, all U.S. and Canada retail partners will continue to be paid for the next 30 days whether they are working or not.
"We believe no partner should be asked to choose between work and their health," Johnson wrote.
Johnson said they are continuing to care for its partners. They have done this by "extending childcare benefits, offering a new mental health benefit, and introducing catastrophe pay" among other things.
"Partners are the heartbeat of Starbucks, and we will continue to do whatever we can to support them," Johnson wrote.
"I am optimistic that together we can overcome this challenge.," Johnson wrote. "The human experience is about overcoming adversity by being resilient, and that is certainly on display across the nation. We will overcome this. Our resilience will be rewarded."