Chipotle is Giving Their Hourly Employees Paid Sick Leave, Vacation Time, and a College Reimbursement

Starting in July hourly workers at the restaurant chain Chipotle will receive paid sick leave and vacation. The announcement was made during the company's presentation at the Summer Brand Camp marketing and human resources conference.


In addition to sick leave and vacation, workers will also be eligible for tuition reimbursements. A spokeswoman for the company announced that Chipotle will reimburse 90% of tuition and fees up to the IRS's $5,250 per calendar year limit. These benefits will be offered to all hourly employees after one year of work and to managers and salaried employees without any wait. This moves comes shortly after a Starbucks' announcement that indicates they will expand their own college reimbursement program.

At the aforementioned conference, Chipotle brand voice lead William Epsey explained the company's moves. "“If you can’t compete at the bottom in the terms of entry-level wage, what incentive can you build into that process — what path can you create — that’s going to hold your people?", he asked the crowd,  “You’ve got to promise them you’re going to develop them. You’ve got to promise them a future that if they are dedicated and good and strong for the company, you are going to reward them.”

Paid sick leave bills have developed in many states recently, with one advancing in the Oregon legislature earlier this month. Benefits for hourly employees has been a staple of Living Wage campaigns and the fast-food worker protests of the last few years.

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