No matter that it's not payday yet—Walmart workers are to be given access to pay for the hours they've worked through an app.

HRDive reports that Walmart says it's to help ease workers' financial struggles, discourage their use of costly payday loans and other debt-relief options—and keep them focused and productive on the job.

However, labor groups are saying that advance access to pay is no substitute for adequate pay and that Walmart should give workers a raise instead. The New York Times points out that while the starting wage at Walmart is $9 per hour, $1.75 above the federal rate, the retail giant is behind both Costco's rate of $13 per hour and even Target's $11 per hour.

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