More than 25,000 Indiana Walmart employees will benefit from wage increase

In this June 5, 2017, file photo, a worker stacks merchandise outside a Walmart in Salem, N.H. Walmart is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity..

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Earlier this month Walmart announced it was raising wages for its hourly employees and providing a one-time bonus for its employees.

The increase will bring all hourly associates in the U.S. to $11 an hour, expand maternity and parental leave benefits and provide a one-time cash bonus for eligible associates, according to a news release.

The one-time bonus will amount to $1,000.

Additionally, Walmart has offered to provide financial assistance to associates adopting a child. The benefit is available to employees, both full-time hourly and salaried. The benefit amount is alotted at $5,000, which may be used for any expenses in the adoption process.

“In Indiana, the retail industry employs one out of every four people, so investments in employees like Walmart’s play an important role in stimulating Indiana’s’ economic growth,” said Grant Monahan, President of the Indiana Retail Council. “We applaud efforts by our members to expand benefits and increase wages for Hoosier workers.”

The wage raise will go into effect on Feb. 17, 2018