Wal-Mart boosts starting wages, pays bonus, expands benefits

Author: Adam Button | Category: News

Raise to take effect Feb 1

Wal-Mart is the biggest employer in the United States and the company says it's boosting wages because of the tax bill.

A note from the company said the starting wage will rise to $11. It was previously $9, which rose to $10 after a six-month training program.

In addition, the company is paying bonuses ranging from $200-$1000 for workers who were already making $11 or more.

The company is also giving full-time mothers 10-weeks of paid maternity leave and fathers six-weeks of paid parental leave.