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