NEW YORK (
is lifting a salary freeze it put in place last year for employees making more than $60,000 a year,
reports, citing an internal bank memo.
The decision by JPMorgan to lift the salary freeze is part of its year-end performance and compensation review process, according to a memo from human resources director John Donnelly.
The bank will pay a $500 special award to employees globally that receive less than $60,000 in total compensation, Donnelly wrote in the memo.
says the memo was confirmed by a bank spokesman.
JPMorgan believes its pay practices for top executives follow best principles, Donnelly wrote.
CEO Jamie Dimon didn't receive a bonus last year and it is unclear if he will receive one this year. He received total compensation of $19.7 million last year which includes a $1 million salary and stock and options awarded in previous years,
reports, citing regulatory filings.
Separately, the second-largest U.S. bank also is adding more than 300 staff to its branches to support a $4 billion increase in small business lending, according to