Walmart Plans to Expand Maternity Leave, Provide Employees with Bonus

Walmart has announced plans to expand maternity and parental leave benefits and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates of up to $1,000 for associates. The company is also creating a new benefit to assist associates with adoption expenses. The changes will benefit the company’s more than one million U.S. hourly associates, including more than 3,900 Walmart associates in Hawai`i.
 
“We are building on investments we’ve been making in associates, in their wages and skills development,” said Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO. “It’s our people who make the difference and we appreciate how they work hard to make every day easier for busy families.”
 
Associates will continue to hear more from their managers in the coming days about details. But, broadly, associates in Hawaii will benefit through:
 
• A one-time bonus benefiting all eligible full and part-time hourly associates. The amount of the bonus will be based on length of service, with associates with at least 20 years qualifying for $1,000. In Hawai`i more than 3,900 Walmart associates are expected to be eligible for the one-time cash bonus, which is estimated to total $1.5 million.
 
• An expanded parental and maternity leave policy, providing full-time hourly associates in the U.S. with 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. Salaried associates will also receive six weeks of paid parental leave.
 
• Walmart will provide financial assistance to associates adopting a child. The adoption benefit, available to both full-time hourly and salaried associates, will total $5,000 per child and may be used for expenses such as adoption agency fees, translation fees and legal or court costs.
 
“We applaud Walmart for their leadership investing in their employees,” said Tina Yamaki, President of Retail Merchants of Hawai`i. “What a great way to start 2018; Walmart associates receiving bonuses will surely help to make our island communities and economy even stronger.”

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