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Report: Starbucks eases scheduling rules

Seattle – Starbucks Corp. is reportedly changing its scheduling rules to prevent employees from having to work an opening shift after a closing shift the previous evening. According to Bloomberg, Starbucks is altering its scheduling policy following a report in the New York Times about a Starbucks barista who had difficulty managing her schedule with her childcare needs.

In an email sent to major U.S. media outlets, Starbucks Americas president Cliff Burrows said in addition to the closing/opening shift change, Starbucks will also now transfer employees whose commute is longer than one hour to a closer store and post schedules at least one week in advance. The retailer has also updated its scheduling software.