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The Seattle Times reports that Starbucks will expand its parental leave benefits program, saying that "Store employees who are birth mothers will get six weeks of paid leave at 100 percent pay, up from 67 percent average pay previously, and 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Store employees who are non-birth parents (including fathers, spouses and foster and adoptive parents) can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

"Non-store employees (such as district managers and above) who are birth mothers can take up to 18 weeks of 100 percent paid leave. That’s up from 6 weeks at 67 percent pay previously. In addition, non-store employees who are not birth mothers but who welcome a new child (whether by birth, foster or adoption) are also eligible to take 12 weeks of paid leave at 100 percent pay. Previously, those 12 weeks were unpaid."

The changes take effect in October. They come as Starbucks finds itself competing for employees in a tightening labor market.
KC's View:
This is what progressive companies have to do to compete for the best employees these days ... at least if you believe that great employees are the key to making a business work, that they are an asset, not a cost.

There was a story out the other day about how Howard Schultz was on Hillary Clinton's short list for Secretary of Labor if she'd won the election. I have no idea if he would've pushed for these kinds of policies to be mandated by the government, but the fact is that they are more effective if they are proposed and embraced by companies, not mandated.