employee

noun em·ploy·ee \ im-ˌplȯ(i)-ˈē , (ˌ)em- ; im-ˈplȯ(i)-ˌē , em- \
variants: or less commonly employe
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of employee

: one employed by another usually for wages or salary and in a position below the executive level

Examples of employee in a Sentence

  1. A good boss listens to his employees.

  2. The company has more than 2,000 employees worldwide.

Recent Examples of employee from the Web

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First Known Use of employee

1822


EMPLOYEE Defined for English Language Learners

employee

noun

Definition of employee for English Language Learners

  • : a person who works for another person or for a company for wages or a salary


EMPLOYEE Defined for Kids

employee

noun em·ploy·ee \ im-ˌplȯi-ˈē \

Definition of employee for Students

: a person who is paid to work for another

Law Dictionary

employee

noun em·ploy·ee
variants: also employe

legal Definition of employee

: a person usually below the executive level who is hired by another to perform a service especially for wages or salary and is under the other's control — see also respondeat superior — compare independent contractor
Note: In determining whether an individual is an employee, courts look at several factors, including the nature of the compensation paid, provision for employee benefits, whether the hired party is in business, tax treatment of the hired party, source of the equipment used, and location of the work. Statutes, such as workers' compensation acts and labor laws, usually include a definition of employee as it is used in the statute.


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