Walmart Thursday announced more than $700 million in additional cash bonuses to its U.S.-based associates. The company’s latest bonus announcement includes $319 million in quarterly bonuses paid in associates’ Nov. 25 paychecks following strong third quarter business performance and an estimated $388 million in special cash bonuses to be paid Dec. 24 in recognition of associates’ sustained commitment to customers during the pandemic. Full- and part-time associates are eligible for both bonuses.
Approximately 1.5 million full- and part-time Walmart and Sam’s Club associates working in the company’s stores, clubs, distribution centers and fulfillment centers will receive the special cash bonus on Dec. 24. It will be Walmart’s fourth special cash bonus paid to U.S.-based associates since the start of the pandemic and will bring Walmart’s total 2020 quarterly and special cash bonuses for its associates to more than $2.8 billion.
“This has been an extraordinary year, and we’re so proud of how our associates have continued to make a meaningful difference in our communities. Today’s bonus reflects our appreciation for our associates, who show up to work each day to serve and provide relief for millions of members across the country,” President and CEO – Sam’s Club Kath McLay said.
All U.S.-based hourly associates are eligible for the latest special cash bonus. The bonus amounts will be similar to the previous three special cash bonuses Walmart has provided its associates during the pandemic; part-time and temporary hourly associates will receive $150 and full-time hourly associates will receive $300. More than 60% of Walmart’s hourly associates are full-time. Drivers, coaches and assistant managers will also receive a special cash bonus.
Earlier this year, Walmart announced a first-of-its-kind COVID-19 emergency leave policy for part- and full-time associates, which provides associates with up to two weeks of pay should they need to stay home for COVID-related reasons, including mandated quarantines, symptoms or illness. If they’re not able to return to work after that time, additional pay replacement may be provided for up to 26 weeks. Absences associated with an approved COVID-19 leave will not be counted against associates. Given the ongoing pandemic, the company is extending the leave policy through July 5, 2021.