Lisa Baertlein

McDonald's has had its fair share of negative presslately,but a new announcement is putting the company in a more positive light. Wednesday, McDondald's announced that employees will be getting a bigger paycheck, more time off and more benefits, starting July 1, 2015.

"On July 1, 2015, starting wages at McDonald’s company-owned restaurants in the U.S. will be one dollar over the locally-mandated minimum wage," a press release on McDonald's website states, adding that employees will be eligible for a raise based on job performance and tenure.

“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. 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," McDonald’s President and CEO Steve Easterbrook says in the statement.

The statement also says the megachain will be helping their employees further their education through a new online high school program and will also help assist employees with tuition costs. They will also be offering English language classes for employees who speak English as a second language.


Click here to read the full statement.