Chipotle: give your employees adequate paid parental leave

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Fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen just announced that it will now give its employees five months of paid parental leave.

They said in their statement: “We believe it’s our responsibility to lead the way given the U.S. is one of the few countries that does not mandate any paid leave for new parents.”

“This move is rare for our industry and we hope this creates a conversation for other companies to join.”

According to the 2018 benefits package, Chipotle offers its employees only 5 days of paid leave for both birth moms and non-birth spouses and partners.

Chipotle positions itself as a progressive and thoughtful company. If they really want to be true to this ideal, they have to change their paid parental leave policy. Chipotle has about 73,000 employees.

Five days is not enough time for parents to recuperate after having a child. Pediatricians recommend that mothers spend between six months to a year at home with their infant children.

Sweetgreen challenged other companies to follow in their steps - challenge Chipotle to be the next.