Walmart Sets New Worker Bonus, Thanksgiving Store Closures

To reward workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Walmart said it will pay out another special cash bonus to store, club, distribution center and fulfillment center employees for their ongoing contributions and dedication to serving customers, members and communities.

Walmart also decided to close its namesake and Sam’s Club stores on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, this year. The stores and clubs will operate during normal hours on Wednesday, November 25.

The latest special bonus will be $300 for full-time hourly employees and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates. Drivers, managers and assistant managers in stores, clubs, distribution centers, fulfillment centers and Health & Wellness operations will also receive a bonus. U.S. employees, excluding salaried office personnel, employed by the company as of July 31 will qualify and receive a pay out on August 20.

The latest and third round of special bonuses Walmart has authorized this year will add up to about $428 million. All told, Walmart added, this year’s special bonuses will total $1.1 billion when the company makes the next round of payouts. The bonuses come in addition to the regular incentive the company provides to frontline workers on a quarterly basis.

“Our associates have been working at an incredible pace, they’ve solved problems and they’ve set an amazing example for others,” said John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. “To further appreciate their incredible work, we are pleased to share another special cash bonus this summer.”