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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart, the world’s largest private employer, is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000 to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits.

The retailer said Thursday that changes to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the U.S. The company employs 1.5 million people in the U.S.

The wage increase, up from $9 per hour for new workers, comes into play next month.

The company is also creating a new benefit to assist employees with adoption expenses.

CEO Doug McMillon said in prepared statement that recently enacted tax legislation “gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S.

Large employers have been under pressure to boost benefits for workers because unemployment rates are at historic lows, allowing job seekers to be pickier.

The nation’s unemployment rate has sat at 4.1 percent for three months now, the lowest level since 2000. The average for hourly earnings rose 2.5 percent in December from a year earlier. Still, that’s about a full percentage point lower than is typical in a healthy economy.

The pay hike at Walmart follows similar actions at rival Target Corp. Target raised its minimum hourly wage to $11 in October and will raise wages to $15 by the end of 2020.

The wage increase announced Thursday by Walmart benefits all hourly U.S. workers within its stores, Sam’s Clubs, eCommerce, logistics and home office.

Walmart said that the one-time bonus will be given to all eligible full and part-time hourly U.S. employees. The amount of the bonus will be based on length of service. Workers with at least 20 years qualify for a $1,000 bonus.

Walmart on Thursday promised full-time hourly U.S. employees 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. Salaried employees will also receive six weeks of paid parental leave.

The Bentonville, Arkansas, company also promised help with adoptions, offering full-time hourly and salaried workers $5,000 per child that can be used for expenses such as adoption agency fees, translation fees and legal or court costs.

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11 thoughts on “Walmart Raises Starting Wages, Handing Out Bonuses

  1. Yep in my state BECAUSE OF THE CORP TAX overhaul utility companies are gearing up to refund 100’s of millions to customers ATT, and other corps have also stated they will give bonuses to workers, YEP unlike Obama The Trumpster is MAGA with pay-roll checks instead of welfare checks and food stamps

    • I can see if the fake bonuses were for every yr. but they aren’t. As far as Walmart raising their minimum wage to $11. This is a multi billion dollar company. Why aren’t those ppl making a living wage of at least $18-20/hr. DEPLORABLE!!

      • That fake tax plan was thrown together so hurriedly that the IRS said it’s going to cost billions of dollars to prepare for it and some of us will probably owe taxes nxt yr because the IRS and the republuthugs don’t knw how much taxes should be withheld from our checks this yr beginning nxt month. What about that no it all?

      • I see your espousing the standard air head liberal talking points (a living wage) what is a living wage should a cook at McDonalds with only a HS education be making $30 an Hr
        Your obviously one of the welfare recipients who would complain when one of your kids Happy Meals cost $12 dollars and you couldn’t pay for it with your EBT card
        And fortunately millions of working people are seeing how full of sh!t you plantation dwellers and liberal elitist are so you and your fellow PN’s keep pissing down each other’s backs and pretending it’s raining and the rest of us will laugh at you and continue to prosper

      • Mac Daddy on said:

        Because they are unskilled workers and anyone can do their job. You have no basic understanding of supply and demand.

  2. Mac Daddy on said:

    The haters will still hate because that is what is in their hearts. But I am willing to give credit where credit is due. True to his word, Trumps tax plan is doing exactly as he predicted, putting American workers first. Not black workers, not white workers, American workers. Thank you President Trump, a job well done

  3. Passing Through!! on said:

    And their prices are also rising Wal-Mart can barley compete with other grocery stores anymore. They use to have a competitive edge on prices but that is slowly going out the door.

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