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Walmart employees in Florida to see additional wage increases

Posted: 3:25 PM, Jan 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-24 05:56:35-05
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Walmart’s new average hourly wage for full-time associates in Florida will be $14.04.

On Tuesday, Walmart announced that more than 67,5000 Walmart associates in Florida would see benefit and wage changes.

“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.”

Officials employees will continue to hear more details from their managers in the coming days, but, broadly speaking, associates are receiving the following benefits:

  • More than 67,500 Walmart and Sam’s Club associates in Florida will soon receive wage increases and bonuses totaling nearly $105.7 million.
  • A one-time bonus benefiting all eligible full and part-time hourly associates in the U.S. In Florida, more than 67,500 Walmart and Sam’s Club associates are expected to be eligible for the one-time cash bonus.
  • An increase in Walmart’s starting wage rate to $11 an hour, effective in the Feb. 17, 2018, pay cycle. The change is in addition to wage increases already planned for many U.S. markets in the coming fiscal year. The increase applies to all hourly associates in the U.S., including stores, Sam’s Clubs, eCommerce, logistics and Home Office. More than 49,500 Walmart and Sam’s Club associates in Florida are expected to receive a wage increase. Walmart’s new average hourly wage for full-time associates in Florida will be $14.04.
  • 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.

"Florida's retailers are responsible for one out of every five jobs, and these pay raises will have a significant impact on thousands of Florida families and their local economies, and will help to support and enhance our state's retail industry,” said R. Scott Shalley, President/CEO Florida Retail Federation.