BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores here on Thursday said it will create new bonus programs to reward long-term employees and workers who provide exceptional customer service. The retailer, frequently criticized by labor groups for its treatment of workers, also said Thursday that it paid nearly $530 million in bonuses to 813,759 U.S. associates. The cash bonuses were allocated based on store performance. Wal-Mart said Thursday it will begin paying such bonuses quarterly, rather than ...

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