The Mediterranian-style fast food chain is the first known restaurant chain to be offering the benefit. On November 6th, all of its employees will receive two hours of paid leave so they can get to the polls and vote, the Washingtonian reports. Cava cofounder Ted Xenohristos says that he sees the offer as just another of the chain’s employee benefits, which already includes paid sick, parental, and vacation leave as well as paid community service days for all employees.
“It’s not always easy for everyone with childcare and finding transportation and working multiple jobs. With the voter turnout being so low in the states, we’re trying to get people to be part of their communities and get them involved,” Xenohristos said. In addition to giving its employees paid leave on Election Day, Cava is working with Vote.org to provide Cava’s employees with information about registering to vote, polling hours and locations, early voting and more.