Companies Giving One Time Bonuses Cite New Tax Law

While working on the tax bill late last year, Republican Congressional leaders frequently mentioned this was being done for the middle class.    At the time there was discussion that if was really the goal of the tax plan, there were much simpler ways to accomplish that.

Today, several companies announced one time bonuses, hourly, wage increases, or both.  Those that sold the plan (and those that want to believe in it) were quick to cite the tax bill as the reason and claim success.   Democratic Congressional leaders were equally quick to counter as written in the Business Insider post below.   

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Nancy Pelosi says companies' bonuses to workers because of the tax bill are 'crumbs'

Bob Bryan
Business Insider

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday dismissed as "crumbs" the recent wave of bonuses given to workers by large corporations in the wake of the Republican tax law's passage.

"In terms of the bonus that corporate America received versus the crumbs that they are giving workers to kind of put the schmooze on is so pathetic," Pelosi told reporters. "It’s so pathetic."

Pelosi's comments came as many large companies have announced one-time bonuses for workers and pay increases as a result of the tax bill. Companies including AT&T, Wells Fargo, and Visa have all announced various pay increases, one-time bonuses, or benefits increases, citing the tax bill as a factor.

The White House particularly highlighted an announcement by Walmart on Wednesday. The retail giant said it would increase its minimum hourly wage to $11 an hour and offer long-time employees a $1,000 bonus.

Analyses have shown that companies and wealthier Americans are likely to picket the bulk of the benefits from the tax code changes.

Critics of the moves have dismissed the increases as public relations stunts designed to draw favorable coverage and praise from Republicans. Pelosi, for instance, noted some of the bonuses are coming as firms continue layoffs of employees. <more>

Walmart to raise its starting wage to $11, give some employees bonuses following tax bill passage

Lauren Thomas | Courtney Reagan

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Walmart's workers will soon reap the benefits of the recent tax law changes, as the world's largest private employer raises its starting wage, creates new benefits and distributes bonuses to eligible workers.

The big-box retailer announced Thursday it will increase its starting wage rate for hourly employees in the U.S. to $11, and expand maternity and parental leave benefits. Currently, Walmart's starting wage is $9 until workers complete a training program. Then, they receive $10.

Walmart will also pay a one-time cash bonus to eligible employees of as much as $1,000. The payouts, which should total roughly $400 million, will result in a one-time charge that the company will take in its fiscal fourth quarter.

The bonuses will be determined by an employee's length of service. Those workers with more than 20 years of experience will qualify to receive the full $1,000. However, workers with less than two years of experience will receive $200, a Walmart spokesman told CNBC.

Employees with 15 to 19 years of service at Walmart will receive $750, while those with 10 to 14 years of work there will receive a $400 bonus, he said. Five to nine years of experience merits a $300 bonus, while two to four years of service will result in a payout of $250. <more>


  1. While we're on the subject of fair compensation, my beef is with time-and-a-half. Last I looked, tax law permitted an employer to defer the overtime portion of the payment to Feb 15 of the subsequent year, and had until Apr 15 to settle. My proposal is "the OT payment is in the next check or ..."

    Consider the person who worked 8 hrs overtime. That's 12 hrs salary. My thought is either it's in the next paycheck, OR, the employee is credited with the 12 hrs worked in that next pay-period. Which says the employee need only work 28 hours to attain the 40 hour paycheck. If the person works 40 hours, that's a total of 52 hours, or 12 hours of overtime, which is 12+6 = 18 hours of OT compensation.

    This would mount up pretty quickly. It's kind of like the bank's overnight float. The reason it's overnight is two behemoths fighting for 1 days interest on a few billion is too ugly to ignore. But 10's, hundred's, thousands of hours of OT owed by yet another behemoth to a lowly individual doesn't get the attention in today's "corporations are people too" climate.

  2. ==>Last I looked, tax law permitted an employer
    Would this be based on each state? Presumably of the employer? So was your last employer then in NY vs. NJ? Or you checked and this is a Federal law?

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