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Noodles & Company to offer PTO for vaccinations

The chain said it was “strongly recommending” its workers get shots to protect them from coronavirus.
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Add yet another chain to the list of restaurants offering paid time off for employees to get a COVID vaccine: Noodles & Company.

The fast-casual brand said Wednesday it would give four hours of PTO to employees to get vaccinated, once the shots are available.

“We are encouraged by the COVID-19 vaccines and we are strongly recommending our team members receive the vaccine, however, they will not be required to do so,” CEO Dave Boennighausen said in a statement.

Paid time off is emerging as the most popular way for restaurant operators to incentivize COVID vaccines for their workers.

Operators such as McDonald’s corporate, Darden Restaurants and Freebirds World Burritos have announced four hours of PTO. Shake Shack has said it will provide six hours of paid time off for the shots, three hours for each vaccination.

Broomfield, Colo.-based Noodles & Company has recently added a number of enhancements to its benefits packages, including free counseling, paid paternity leave and paid time off to vote.

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