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Chipotle Upping Its Benefits Game for Employees

Chipotle Mexican Grill is beefing ups its benefits package in an effort to remain ahead of the pack when it comes to retaining and attracting workers.

Beginning this year, Chipotle will increase its Paid Parental Leave for Restaurant Support Center and eligible field employees to 12 weeks for birth moms and four weeks for new dads and individuals adopting children. The company recognizes that giving its employees plenty of time to bond with a new child is crucial to their development. Chipotle will also cover costs for nursing mothers to utilize breastmilk shipping services during work travel. Additionally, Chipotle's HUSTLE (Humans Uniting to Support the Ladies' Experience), an Employee Resource Group, will offer special 'Returnity' Guides for corporate employees to help ease their transition back to the workplace.

"Over the past year, we've positioned ourselves as a leader in curating an environment that maximizes the potential of our outstanding workforce," said Marissa Andrada, Chief People Officer. "We want to ensure our employees are able to share important moments with their family and have the necessary time away from work to recharge after a monumental life event."

Chipotle's new PPL program and unlimited PTO test continue to build on the company's best-in-class employee benefits. In 2019, Chipotle introduced its crew bonus program, allowing restaurant employees the opportunity to earn an extra month's worth of pay each year. To date, Chipotle has paid out over $2.75 million in crew bonuses with 10% of restaurants achieving a bonus in at least one quarter last year. Chipotle also announced its Debt-Free degree program in partnership with GUILD EDUCATION, which allows all eligible employees, including crew members, to pursue a free college degree.

The food chain offers one of the most competitive set of benefits in the industry. A quick look at their job description for crew members is not your fathers food service job. Other retailers would be wise to keep up with perks like these.