Walmart will raise base salaries at one third of its US stores to comply with minimum wage increases due to come into effect in January in 21 states, according to an internal Walmart memo reviewed by Reuters. The pay structure changes will happen at 1,434 stores across the country, and will include combining the three lowest pay grades into one base rate while also narrowing the pay gap between lower grade jobs and skilled positions like deli supervisors and department supervisors.
A Walmart spokesperson told Reuters that Walmart's pay changes are being made to "ensure our stores in the 21 states comply with the law." The state minimum wage increases will also affect Walmart competitors like Target and McDonald's.
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