Chipotle Wants Sick Employees to Verify with a Nurse. This is a Very Pro-Employee Move. Here’s Why

by Evil HR Lady on December 7, 2019

Chipotle made headlines with its policy requiring (or suggesting) that sick employees call a nurse to verify that they are actually sick and not just hungover.

CEO Brian Niccol said:

“We have nurses on call, so that if you say, ‘Hey, I’ve been sick,’ you get the call into the nurse. The nurse validates that it’s not a hangover — you’re really sick — and then we pay for the day off to get healthy again.”

It makes sense that a company with a history of e. Coli problems would want healthy people on staff, and they would want stomach shy customers to know that only healthy people will be serving them. But it sounds a bit like over-reach and that they don’t trust their employees to know when they are genuinely sick.

In fact, my Inc. colleague, Jeff Haden, doesn’t like the policy at all. Haden, who I agree with most of the time, writes:

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