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‘Exhausted’ Starbucks workers are forced to choose between reduced hours or unpaid leave, as the coffee giant adjusts to a new normal

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  • Starbucks workers are being asked to decide this week if they want to take an unpaid leave of absence, continue work understanding that hours may be reduced, or quit their jobs. 
  • Last week, Starbucks announced a new leave of absence policy, which allows employees to receive benefits while taking up to 120 days of unpaid leave. 
  • Rossann Williams, the president of Starbucks’ company-operated business in the US and Canada, said the company used employees’ feedback to decide “how to best support partners who are not getting the hours they need.” 
  • Some workers feel frustrated by their options, with one employee saying he and his coworkers are “tired, worn down, mentally and physically exhausted” after working during the coronavirus pandemic. 
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As Starbucks attempts reopens stores that were shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic, employees are faced with the choice between taking unpaid leave or potentially seeing hours cut. 

This week, Starbucks workers are being presented with a choice to quit, take a leave of absence, or continue working for the coffee giant — understanding that they may face reduced hours, due to stores’ shortened hours and modified operations. 

Rossann Williams, the president of Starbucks’ company-operated business in the US and Canada, announced the new leave of absence policy last week. Employees, referred to the company as “partners,” can request this week to take an unpaid leave of absence of up to 120 days.

“Your feedback has been critical as we consider how to best support partners who are not getting the hours they need, including implementing a new COVID-19 Leave of Absence policy for partners who prefer to take an unpaid leave through Sept. 30 and accrue up to 20 hours per week toward benefits eligibility,” Williams wrote. 

According to the letter, the policy is intended to allow workers to keep Starbucks benefits, while qualifying for unemployment benefits. Starbucks will continue to pay healthcare premiums for worker who are enrolled in one of the chain’s plans. The company is also lowering the number of hours employees need to work to be eligible for benefits.  

The new policies come as Starbucks ends its policies to pay workers, whether or not they come to work, and its $3 pay bump to reward workers that did work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some workers are stressed and frustrated by their options 

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Some employees have pushed back against the new policies. 

One Starbucks manager told Business Insider that, while many employees were originally happy with the options, confusion and uncertainty about when stores will rehire staff is sparking some frustration. For example, he said, some managers are trying to guilt employees into not taking time off because they are worried about being left with a “skeleton of a crew.”

“Starbucks is focused on rebuilding their business, and rightfully so,” the manager said. “But jumping in so quickly to do so when the threat of the pandemic is still so close, and now with thousands of the population engaged in protests, we and our families are all still very much at risk. 

This employee and two others who spoke with Business Insider requested anonymity in order to speak frankly about the situation without fear of retribution. Business Insider verified their employment at Starbucks with pay stubs or other documents. 

In late May, Starbucks said that comparable sales at reopened stores were down 35% to 40% compared to the prior year. But, some employees at stores with modified hours and operations say that they feel they have been working harder than ever. 

The Starbucks manager said that he and his coworkers are “tired, worn down, mentally and physically exhausted” after working during the coronavirus pandemic. A second worker said his Starbucks location is doing a booming drive-thru business and called the decision to cut hours “ridiculous.”  

A third said that her location is doing everything it can to avoid cutting employees’ hours. 

“My hours have been cut but I’ve been able to pick up a few more shifts from other Starbucks partners in the next few weeks,” she said. “I’m hoping we won’t have to cut too many hours as this is (at least for my store) where the majority of us make our money.” 

Starbucks declined to comment on frustrations beyond letters from Williams and CEO Kevin Johnson about the company’s plans moving forward. 

“Out of this crisis, just as those of our past, will come lasting progress,” Johnson wrote in May. “I predict that progress, whatever shape it takes, will lead to greater joy in each of us and more sense of community than we’ve ever known.”

Some workers vented frustration on social media

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Other Starbucks employees who took to social media expressed similar frustrations over the company’s policies.

“Also if y’all thought @Starbucks was a good company: We were just informed today that we are no longer getting paid for the hours that were cut/lost because of the pandemic and some people are going to forced to take an Unpaid Leave of Absence!” one person wrote. “All so they can make more money!” 

They continued: “We were informed by our SM that some partners would be asked to take unpaid leave, and others to have their hours drastically cut and not be compensated for it. What’s the deal with that? We have people here struggling to make ends meet and you’ve made it 10x worse by doing this.”

Others echoed concerns over the company’s decision to cut hours and said they felt like the company was asking employees to take on more responsibilities.

“How the f— are we suppose to keep up and keep safe when we are all ran ragged from the increased workload,” another person wrote

Restaurants are adjusting to a new normal as businesses reopen 

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Starbucks. Starbucks

Starbucks workers previously told Business Insider they felt they were forced to choose between their health and receiving a paycheck when the company last month reopened shuttered locations and ended ‘catastrophe pay’ for workers who chose not to return to work amid safety concerns.

Kevin Martin, a shift supervisor at a Starbucks store in New Hampshire told Business Insider at the end of April he felt the company’s messaging to employees had been unclear. 

“I think it’s just requiring us to put our lives in danger for something as silly as just coffee, and the people who create these rules have the luxury of being able to work from home and not be in close proximity of hundreds of people a day,” he said.

Other employees at the time expressed a desire to collect unemployment benefits but said they were ineligible because their choice to stay home from a re-opened Starbucks cafe due to their desire to protect the health of themselves and their family members was voluntary. 

Starbucks is far from the only chain that is cutting back on labor, even as restaurants reopen.

Chains have been slow to reopen dining rooms, even as states once again allow businesses to reopen. Fewer workers are needed to operate a locations that is exclusively serving drive-thru, delivery, and curbside orders. As of late April, 8 million restaurant industry workers were out of work, according to the National Restaurant Association. 

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Genesis Celebrates Official Launch In China, Unveiling Its All-new Vision Of Automotive Luxury To Chinese Consumers

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  • Genesis announced its arrival in China with an extraordinary event, introducing the brand to a new generation of Chinese consumers seeking true distinction in luxury
  • Athletic Elegance, the distinctive Genesis design philosophy was showcased with an unveiling of the Genesis G80 and Genesis GV80
  • To deliver the unique Genesis Experience, a new business model will be introduced in China aiming to design authentic relationships with Chinese consumers

SHANGHAI, April 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Global luxury automotive brand Genesis marked its official entry into China with a spectacular Brand Night held on April 2 at Shanghai’s International Cruise Terminal, where Genesis showcased its unique Genesis brand identity, design and experience philosophy. With a stunning drone show titled the “Genesis of Genesis” sweeping over the Bund, Genesis signified its exceptional beginning in the Chinese market.

Genesis performing dazzling drone show, titled with “Genesis of You”

Jaehoon (Jay) Chang, Global Head of Genesis, said, “Today marks the beginning of another audacious chapter for Genesis. The Chinese market serves a critical role in the development of our global business, and we are very excited to present the next generation luxury for China.”

“We are excited to showcase our globally recognized products, Genesis G80 and Genesis GV80, known for the highest quality and distinctive design. We are driven by a purpose to design authentic relationships with Chinese consumers. This is our promise and our differentiator in China to deliver meaningful and stress-free experiences,” said Markus Henne, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Motor China. “To do that, we will be implementing an all-new business model that will bring our commitments to life.”

New Luxury Defined by A Unique Brand Identity and Design Philosophy

Genesis is a brand that aspires to make true positive impact in our customers’ lives. With a fresh perspective, Genesis audaciously challenges expectations and brings a progressive attitude in order to build emotional bonds with customers based on new ideas in design and innovation. Genesis also desires to provide customers with a sense of thoughtful hospitality throughout the entire journey. More than an automotive brand, Genesis represents a lifestyle and an experience.

Every Genesis presents an intimate opportunity to explore the extraordinary Genesis vision. The distinctive design of Genesis was showcased through a special Brand Night unveiling of the Genesis G80, its mid-sized luxury sedan, and Genesis GV80, the first SUV in the lineup. Defined by their symbolic Two Lines architecture, both models are the expression of Athletic Elegance, Genesis’ design philosophy that achieves the perfect balance between two opposing characteristics: Athleticism and Elegance. Inside the cabin, the Beauty of White Space philosophy is expressed through a harmony of personal space and state-of-the-art technology.

China-tailored Strategy to Provide An All-New Experience

Genesis intends to inspire its customers of what new luxury can be. It addresses what the brand calls Generation Genesis, a generation with bold new perspectives in style and everyday life, whose refined taste in aesthetics and appreciation for distinctive design cultivates resonance with the brand spirit of Genesis. To underline this, Genesis unveiled its brand manifesto at the heart of which sits the  “Genesis of You” message-Every touchpoint with Genesis is designed to fuel the confidence of these consumers, as they embark on new beginnings, break boundaries and progress in their every endeavor. 

Genesis is establishing an all-new business model for the Chinese market, aiming to design authentic relationships with Generation Genesis and deliver meaningful, stress-free experiences centered on human-touch, convenience, trust and transparency. Genesis will gradually develop its presence in China through an omnichannel approach based on direct sales, supported by trusted agents and online sales. 

Furthermore, Genesis will ensure that every person interested in the brand receives the best one-to-one experience from a dedicated companion with the introduction of the Genesis Partner Concept. 

A transparent pricing model under the Genesis One Price Promise will be implemented to ensure a unified price across all sales channels. This unique and uncompromising brand experience will be enabled by the Genesis Digital Ecosystem.

Focus on Brand Building and Designing Genesis Experience

An essential part of the Genesis is lifestyle. Aesthetic ambition with the love for beautiful things are at the core of the brand. That’s the reason Genesis is never compromising anything on design and open to collaborate on a variety of canvases, where the Generation Genesis can be naturally met.

One of these forthcoming brand experiences, for instance, will be held in collaboration with the Shanghai Fashion Week, to create an elevated and in-depth exploration of progressive luxury style through world-class fashion concepts. Comprehensive and touchable Genesis Experience will come to life at Genesis Studios, a luxury lifestyle oasis where people can experience our cars, the arts and culture combined with Genesis hospitality. The first of Genesis Studio will soon launch in downtown Shanghai.

Markus Henne, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Motor China, added, “Launching the brand in China represents a significant, perhaps the most important, new chapter in our brand’s history. Genesis will focus on brand building in the early stage. We will continue to reveal more highlights of how we plan to appeal to our Chinese audience. I am confident to deliver this promise and invite everyone to be a part of this journey.”

About Genesis

Genesis is a global luxury automotive brand that delivers the highest standards of performance, design, safety, and innovation. The Genesis brand is one of the highest-ranked brands in the automotive industry by respected, third-party experts including North American Car of the Year, Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and more. For more information on Genesis and its new definition of luxury, please visit https://www.genesis.com.cn

Speech of Markus Henne, CEO of Genesis Motor China, at Genesis Brand Night

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of Qell Acquisition Corp. – QELL

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm rated Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report and headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Qell Acquisition Corp. (“QELL” or the “Company”) (QELL) relating to its proposed merger with by Lilium GmbH. Under the terms of the agreement, QELL will acquire Lilium through a reverse merger, with Lilium emerging as a publicly traded company.

The investigation focuses on whether Qell Acquisition Corp. and its Board of Directors violated securities laws and/or breached their fiduciary duties to the Company by 1) failing to conduct a fair process, and 2) whether the transaction is properly valued.

Click here for more information: https://monteverdelaw.com/case/qell-acquisition-corp. It is free and there is no cost or obligation to you.

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We are a national class action securities litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders from corporate wrongdoing. We were listed in the Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report. Our lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions. Mr. Monteverde is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013, 2017-2019, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field. He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017-2019 Top Rated Lawyer. Our firm’s recent successes include changing the law in a significant victory that lowered the standard of liability under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act in the Ninth Circuit. Thereafter, our firm successfully preserved this victory by obtaining dismissal of a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted at the United States Supreme Court. Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, 139 S. Ct. 1407 (2019). Also, in 2019 we recovered or secured six cash common funds for shareholders in mergers & acquisitions class action cases.

If you own common stock in Qell Acquisition Corp. and wish to obtain additional information and protect your investments free of charge, please visit our website or contact Juan E. Monteverde, Esq. either via e-mail at jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com or by telephone at (212) 971-1341.

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of BowX Acquisition Corp. – BOWX

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm rated Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report and headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating BowX Acquisition Corp. (“BOWX” or the “Company”) (BOWX) relating to its proposed merger with WeWork. Under the terms of the agreement, BOWX will acquire WeWork through a reverse merger, with WeWork emerging as a publicly traded company.

The investigation focuses on whether BowX Acquisition Corp. and its Board of Directors violated securities laws and/or breached their fiduciary duties to the Company by 1) failing to conduct a fair process, and 2) whether the transaction is properly valued.

Click here for more information: https://monteverdelaw.com/case/bowx-acquisition-corp. It is free and there is no cost or obligation to you.

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We are a national class action securities litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders from corporate wrongdoing. We were listed in the Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report. Our lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions. Mr. Monteverde is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013, 2017-2019, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field. He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017-2019 Top Rated Lawyer. Our firm’s recent successes include changing the law in a significant victory that lowered the standard of liability under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act in the Ninth Circuit. Thereafter, our firm successfully preserved this victory by obtaining dismissal of a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted at the United States Supreme Court. Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, 139 S. Ct. 1407 (2019). Also, in 2019 we recovered or secured six cash common funds for shareholders in mergers & acquisitions class action cases.

If you own common stock in BowX Acquisition Corp. and wish to obtain additional information and protect your investments free of charge, please visit our website or contact Juan E. Monteverde, Esq. either via e-mail at jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com or by telephone at (212) 971-1341.

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SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces an Investigation of Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. – MLND

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NEW YORK, April 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a national securities firm rated Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report and headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. (“MLND” or the “Company”) (MLND) relating to its proposed merger with Tempest Therapeutics, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, MLND shareholders are expected to own 18.5% of the combined company.

The investigation focuses on whether Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. and its Board of Directors violated securities laws and/or breached their fiduciary duties to the Company by 1) failing to conduct a fair process, and 2) whether the transaction is properly valued.

Click here for more information: https://monteverdelaw.com/case/millendo-therapeutics-inc. It is free and there is no cost or obligation to you.

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We are a national class action securities litigation law firm that has recovered millions of dollars and is committed to protecting shareholders from corporate wrongdoing. We were listed in the Top 50 in the 2018 and 2019 ISS Securities Class Action Services Report. Our lawyers have significant experience litigating Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Class Actions. Mr. Monteverde is recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation in 2013, 2017-2019, an award given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in a particular field. He has also been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2017-2019 Top Rated Lawyer. Our firm’s recent successes include changing the law in a significant victory that lowered the standard of liability under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act in the Ninth Circuit. Thereafter, our firm successfully preserved this victory by obtaining dismissal of a writ of certiorari as improvidently granted at the United States Supreme Court. Emulex Corp. v. Varjabedian, 139 S. Ct. 1407 (2019). Also, in 2019 we recovered or secured six cash common funds for shareholders in mergers & acquisitions class action cases.

If you own common stock in Millendo Therapeutics, Inc. and wish to obtain additional information and protect your investments free of charge, please visit our website or contact Juan E. Monteverde, Esq. either via e-mail at jmonteverde@monteverdelaw.com or by telephone at (212) 971-1341.

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