OAK BROOK, Ill. — Beginning in July, employees at corporately owned McDonald’s in the U.S. will receive higher wages and paid time off. The company promised to pay employees $1 more than the locally mandated minimum wage and raise wages to $10 an hour by the end of 2016.
“We’ve been working on a comprehensive benefits package for our employees — the people who bring our brand to life for customers every day in our U.S. restaurants,” said Steve Easterbrook (pictured), president and CEO of McDonald’s. “We’ve listened to our employees and learned that — in addition to increased wages — paid personal leave and financial assistance for completing their education would make a real difference in their careers and lives.”
The company promises to provide assistance to eligible U.S. employees completing high school and provide college tuition assistance, as part of its Archways to Opportunities program.