Chipotle takes employees calling in sick seriously.
According to Business Insider, the burrito chain has nurses on call that check to see whether employees that call in sick are actually ill and not just hungover.
CEO Brian Niccol made the claim at a conference on Wednesday.
“We have nurses on call, so that if you say, ‘Hey, I’ve been sick,’ you get the call into the nurse,” Niccol said. “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’s not just meant as a way to expose or embarrass employees, Yahoo! reports, but to make sure Chipotle restaurants are as clean and healthy as possible.
That stems from an outbreak of the norovirus at the chain in Virginia, which CNBC reports was due to an unenforced sick policy, with managers allowing sick employees to prepare food.
“We have a very different food-safety culture than we did two years ago, OK?” Niccol said at the Barclays conference. “Nobody gets to the back of the restaurant without going through a wellness check.”