As people across America are fighting back against President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, leaders of numerous companies have also taken a stand on the issue, vowing to protect and help their employees who would be affected by the order. Now, Starbucks is taking action as the company told its employees that it will provide them with free legal advice on immigration issues.
According to Buzzfeed, the advice will come from professional services firm Ernst & Young and “will allow all partners and family members to help navigate immigration issues,” according to a letter addressed to staff.
“If you are a partner or a family member and you have questions about immigration, travel restrictions, or how the Executive Order and any related actions may otherwise impact you, please access this legal support and guidance from the Global Mobility and Immigration team,” reads the memo.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was among the many industry leaders who have spoken against Trump’s executive order. On Jan. 29, Schultz reassured Starbucks employees that they are doing everything possible to support and help them to navigate through this difficult time.
The CEO also announced the specific actions that the company is doing to make it clear that they do not support the new administration’s actions. Schultz said that Starbucks will be hiring refugees and that the company is developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over the next five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks has a presence.
The company will start hiring refugees in the U.S. and will prioritize those who have served in the U.S. military as interpreters and support personnel in the countries where the troops have been deployed.
In an email to Buzzfeed, a Starbucks spokesperson confirmed that the company has made this very timely perk available to its employees.
“We believe it will be a helpful service for those who have questions about their status, and we are helping them navigate through this confusing period,” said the spokesperson.
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