Starbucks announced new raises and benefits for its employees on Wednesday, citing the corporate tax cuts in the new Republican-backed tax plan.
In addition to the raises, employees at the company's coffee shop locations will receive a minimum stock grant of $500, while store managers can expect to get $2,000 stock grants.
Starbucks will also provide employees with the opportunity to get accrued time off to take care of loved ones and themselves when they are sick, in addition to giving greater paternity leave to coffee shop workers.
"Investing in our partners has long been our strategy, and due to the recent changes in U.S. tax law, we are able to accelerate some significant partner investments," the Seattle-based company's chief executive, Kevin Johnson, said in a letter to employees, according to Reuters.
Starbucks refers to its workers as "partners."
The company said it would give employees who have already gotten a pay raise in January an additional raise in April.
The tax plan, which Trump signed into law last month, cuts the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent.
Republicans have seized upon the announcement, saying it is a sign the recently passed tax plan is working.
Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE's (R-Wis.) office sent out a CNBC article reporting the news, while the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) called the news a sign of the tax cuts' success.
“Starbucks is only the latest example of businesses, both large and small, giving back to hardworking Americans. When the economy wins so do taxpayers, and it’s too bad red state Democrats didn’t support these massively successful tax cuts," NRSC spokeswoman Caitlin Gallagher said in a statement.
Disney and JPMorgan Chase also announced raises and bonuses for their employees on Tuesday.
Trump touted the news in an early morning tweet on Wednesday.
Tremendous investment by companies from all over the world being made in America. There has never been anything like it. Now Disney, J.P. Morgan Chase and many others. Massive Regulation Reduction and Tax Cuts are making us a powerhouse again. Long way to go! Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2018
Starbucks joins Walmart, Apple and American Airlines as companies that have recently announced higher wages, raises and better benefits for their employees due to the tax bill.