More of Wal-Mart's Part-Time Workers Lose Their Health Benefits

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Wal-Mart Stores, the biggest private employer in the U.S., is cutting health benefits for part-time workers. Target, Home Depot, Trader Joe’s, and others have already done the same. But Wal-Mart is the retailer most often criticized for paying wages too low to live on. Among the complaints of union-backed protesters is that employees who want to work full-time can’t always get the hours. So the company’s decision to cut benefits for those most financially vulnerable is likely to get extra scrutiny.

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