Walmart is raising its minimum wage to $11 an hour and handing out tax cut bonuses
7:49 AM, Jan 11, 2018
1:18 PM, Jan 11, 2018
Walmart is raising its minimum wage and handing out tax cut bonuses because of the new Republican tax law.
The retail company said the wage hike -- $11 an hour -- would roll out in February. Employees are also getting a one-time bonus of up to $1,000.
"Today, we are building on investments we've been making in associates, in their wages and skills development," Walmart president and CEO Doug McMillon said in a news release. "It's our people who make the difference and we appreciate how they work hard to make every day easier for busy families."
He added that "tax reform gives us the opportunity to be more competitive globally and to accelerate plans for the U.S."
The announcement came on the same day that Walmart's warehouse brand, Sam's Club, closed a number of stores across the country.
"After a thorough review of our existing portfolio, we’ve decided to close a series of clubs and better align our locations with our strategy," Sam's Club said on Twitter. "Closing clubs is never easy and we’re committed to working with impacted members and associates through this transition."
Walmart previously raised its minimum pay for most employees to $10 an hour in 2015. As of December, the average pay for full-time workers was $13 an hour.
Because of the tax reform law, Walmart says it's also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses. The benefit, which will be available to full-time hourly and salaried workers, will total $5,000 per child.
The company said it's also expanding its parental and maternity leave policy. Full-time hourly workers in the United States will get 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave.
The changes affect more than 1 million hourly associates.
McMillion also said the company is "early in the stages of assessing the opportunities" that tax reform creates for Walmart. The company said it will share further details when it releases quarterly results next month.