A New Pay Scheme at Wal-Mart

Employees say the giant retailer is planning big changes, and while details are sketchy, workers don't expect to like the new plan

Is low pay at Wal-Mart Stores driving down wages and benefits nationwide? That's what critics contend -- one reason pay scales at the nation's largest private employer have become part of the national political debate. Now, BusinessWeek has learned, the retail behemoth is preparing to introduce significant changes to its pay system in coming weeks. And that should ensure the debate gets even livelier.

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