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Walmart under pressure again for not paying Thanksgiving workers extra

Workers instead are being offered an in-store discount.
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Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is facing questions once against over its policy not to pay its store workers extra for working Thanksgiving Day.

The retail giant is opening its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remaining open until the end of the day on Black Friday.

But while it's customary for other retailers to offer its workers time-and-a-half to spend part of Thanksgiving at work instead of with their families, Walmart makes no such offer.

A report by the Guardian has brought renewed focus onto the retailer's 2016 policy change that eliminated holiday pay.

Instead, workers qualify for a 10 percent in-store discount between the end of November and start of January, and a 15 percent additional discount over Black Friday weekend if they work shifts between Nov. 27-30.

Target, on the other hand, offers time-and-a-half pay for Thanksgiving workers on top of 10 percent discounts in store and online for all its seasonal workers.

The Minneapolis retailer also has a higher minimum wage of $13-an-hour, compared to the $11-an-hour offered by Walmart.

Walmart recently posted third quarter results that showed $3.29 billion in profits, compared to $1.71 billion at the same point last year.

A spokesperson told the Guardian: "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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