USA: Walmart criticised for offering workers discounts at store instead of holiday pay

Author: Michael Sainato, The Guardian, Published on: 5 December 2019

"Walmart offers Thanksgiving workers measly discount in place of holiday pay", 27 November 2019

...[Walmart] will not be offering staff extra pay for working some of the busiest days of the year. Instead they will be offered a discount to shop at their own store...

...Several large retailers...have decided to close on Thanksgiving in recent years, arguing staff should have time with their family on the national holiday. But Walmart is one of several big-box retailers who are open on Thanksgiving Day...

...Walmart is also one of the few big companies that does not offer employees increased hourly wages for working shifts on a holiday...

...A Walmart spokesperson said: “We simplified our paid time-off policies in 2016 to combine vacation, holiday, sick and personal time into one bucket. We did this to give our associates greater flexibility and more choice to use their time off when and how they want to. As part of this change, we no longer pay holiday pay. Associates can now cash out any unused PTO at the end of the year."

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