As a corollary to my earlier post about Trends in Leave Policies, I wanted to highlight two large companies who have committed to raising wages for their employees. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent a letter to employees on Monday announcing that all employees and store managers in U.S. company-run stores will enjoy a base pay raise of 5 percent or more come October. These raises will affect employees in approximately 7,600 Starbucks locations in the United States.
As a follow up to my previous post on trends in leave policies, the latest development in the United Kingdom goes far beyond traditional maternity and paternity leave. “Paw-ternity leave” is a benefit given to almost one in every twenty new pet owners in the UK for the purpose of settling a new animal into the household. “The leave can be used to carry out training, attend vet appointments or simply spend more time with a new animal.”
As a follow up to my previous post about innovative things employers can do to help employees, I want to highlight another private-sector employer going the extra mile for its employees.