Taco Bell outlines commitments for 2020 and beyond.

Taco Bell outlines commitments for 2020 and beyond.

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. is stepping up its employee benefits in the new year.

The restaurant operator said Thursday it plans to begin testing restaurant manager salaries of $100,000. The test will be only for some company-owned locations. Employees at company-owned restaurants will now also be able to accrue at least 24 hours of paid sick time off.

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The benefits and compensation news is part of four areas where Taco Bell said new efforts are coming. The others include a plan to make consumer packaging more sustainable by 2025; $6 million to be awarded in Liv Mas Scholarships this year; and a continued push to offer vegetarian items.

Taco Bell is OC’s largest restaurant chain with 2018 systemwide sales of $10.8 billion and 4,500 local workers.