Walmart giving workers pay raise, cash bonus up to $1,000

(Business Insider) Walmart is raising starting wages for hourly employees to $11 and offering a one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000, the company said Thursday.

The retailer also said it was expanding maternity and parental-leave benefits, as well as creating a new benefit to assist with adoption expenses.

Walmart’s starting pay is now $9 for all hourly employees, or $10 for those who completed a training program.

The changes will take effect in February and affect more than 1 million US Walmart employees, the company said.

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