WALMART RAISES STARTING WAGES FOR US WORKERS, HANDS OUT BONUSES
Walmart, the world’s largest private employer, is boosting its starting salary for US 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.
According to a PTI, the retailer said that changes to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the US. The company employs 1.5 million people in the US. The wage increase, up from $9 per hour for new workers, comes into play next month. The company is also creating a new benefit to assist employees with adoption expenses.
CEO Doug Mcmillon said that recently enacted tax legislation gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the US. Large employers have been under pressure to boost benefits for workers because unemployment rates are at historic lows, allowing job seekers to be pickier. The nation’s unemployment rate has sat at 4.1 percent for three months now, the lowest level since 2000. The average for hourly earnings rose 2.5 percent in December from a year earlier.
Walmart said that the one-time bonus will be given to all eligible full and parttime hourly US employees. The amount of the bonus will be based on length of service. Workers with at least 20 years qualify for a US$ 1,000 bonus. Walmart has promised full-time hourly US 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.