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Taco Bell is upgrading its benefits for general managers

The company will provide general managers at company stores up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents while operators push to hire 5,000 workers.

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Restaurants’ sales are returning, but not necessarily their workers

Operators say hiring has become their top problem again, even with nearly 2 million former restaurant workers still out of a job.

The brands’ franchisor will reimburse franchisees who opt to pay the incentive, which is designed to encourage people to get inoculated against COVID-19.

The industry added 175,800 jobs in March and now employs more people than it has since the start of the pandemic.

The regional burger chain is also revamping its compensation plans to raise unit managers' potential pay above $100,000.

A look at data from the past year, as the quarantine led to broad shutdowns of indoor restaurant service, show that while the industry is recovering, it has a long way to go.

As state after state eases its safety restrictions, operators are voicing a commitment to stick with masks, even for vaccinated staff members.

Chains scrambling to cut operational complexity by reducing their menus may find there's more to it than eliminating items, says AJ Kumaran, co-chief of the chicken-finger chain.

Sonic Drive-Ins has added a feature to its ordering app that will let customers tip their carhops for good service. The feature is available in 1,000 locations.

Three out of every four jobs created last month were at a restaurant as stimulus payments and dining room reopenings put some life back into the industry.

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