McDonald’s Employees’ Happy Meals Just Got Happier with Minimum Wage Boost for Corporate-Owned Locations.[wc_divider style=”dotted” line=”single” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””]
90,000 Mickey D crew members will be “loving it” even more beginning July 1, 2015, when McDonald’s corporate-owned restaurants serve up pay increases amounting to one dollar per hour more than local minimum wage rates.
McDonald’s workers at corporate-owned restaurants in California, for example, would earn $10 per hour, which is a dollar more than the California state minimum wage of $9.00 per hour.
(Hopefully McDonald’s Corporate HR will download the GovDocs 2015 Minimum Wage Report to help them track minimum wage rates.)[wc_divider style=”dashed” line=”single” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””]
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McDonald’s anticipates that by 2016 the average hourly wage rate for McDonald’s employees at company-owned restaurants will exceed $10. Currently, the median pay rate for McDonald’s food preparers and cashiers is $8.13 per hour.
The company operates only 10 percent of the McDonald’s restaurants in the U.S. Franchisees operate the remaining 3,100 restaurants, which means 640,000 McDonald’s crew members are wishing they worked at a corporate-owned restaurant.
The move caught some franchisees off-guard, and they may follow the McDonald’s corporate example and cough up wage increases.
McDonald’s Wage and Benefits
Minimum wage isn’t the only super-sizing McDonald’s employees at corporate-owned restaurants will experience. The company also announced paid time off for both full-time and part-time workers. After one year of service, employees will accrue paid time off and be compensated for any unused portion of that time.
Additionally the company is developing a tuition assistance program available to all employees at both company-owned and franchised restaurants.
McDonald’s joins a growing list of employers including Target and Walmart who are voluntarily increasing wage and benefits. See a list of other employers who have voluntarily increased their minimum wages.[wc_divider style=”solid” line=”single” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=””]