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Chipotle's tax bonuses: Here's what employees will get

Key Points
  • Chipotle's hourly crew members will be eligible to earn a $250 bonus and its general managers will be able to earn $1,000.
  • Chipotle said that a third of its $40 million to $50 million tax savings will go to its employees.
  • The remainder of Chipotle's tax savings would help fund the company's $50 million investment in enhancing its existing restaurant locations.
Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers in Miami.
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Chipotle Mexican Grill employees will be able to earn up to $1,000 extra this year due to new tax legislation.

The burrito chain said Tuesday that its hourly crew members will be eligible to earn a $250 bonus and its general managers will be able to earn $1,000.

"We're pleased that the lower income tax rate from the tax law change will result in savings of approximately $40 [million] to $50 million in 2018," CFO Jack Hartung said Tuesday.

Hartung said that about a third of those savings will go directly to its employees in the form of a one-time cash bonus. The company will also award a one-time stock bonus to a group of staff.

In addition, Chipotle plans to expand its benefits program, which includes paid maternity and paternity leave, short-term disability and life insurance plans to its hourly restaurant managers.

Hartung said the remainder of Chipotle's tax savings would help fund the company's $50 million investment in enhancing its existing restaurant locations. The company plans to spend about $20,000 per store to upgrade the dining area and improve the guest experience.