Restaurant Workers Amid COVID-19: Essential, At Risk, Unprotected

By Daniel Parra


So far, Darden Restaurants and Chili’s have shown some solidarity with their workers, offering economic assistance to their hourly employees, advocates said. “However, Chili’s, DINE Brands (owner of Applebee’s and IHOP), Denny’s, and other major chains still refuse to adopt a paid sick leave measure,” said Reyes.

For example, Darden announced that full-time workers will get up to five paid sick days —accrued paid sick days, depending on the worker’s length of service. But according to Pronita Gupta, Job Quality Director at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), workers should get up to 10 days of paid sick leave for the coronavirus pandemic, as well as paid family and medical leave, and unemployment insurance.

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