em·​ploy·​ee | \ im-ˌplȯ(i)-ˈē How to pronounce employee (audio) , (ˌ)em-; im-ˈplȯ(i)-ˌē, em- How to pronounce employee (audio) \
variants: or less commonly employe

Definition of employee

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

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Examples of employee in a Sentence

A good boss listens to his employees. The company has more than 2,000 employees worldwide.
Recent Examples on the Web Deliveries must be offered to employees first; customers can opt to use DoorDash, but the delivery fee is $9.95, compared with $3.95 for an employee service. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In wake of Prop. 22, Albertsons is converting its home delivery to gig work," 5 Jan. 2021 The danger is that a workweek expansion could erode work-life boundaries and contribute to employee burnout. Stephanie Stamm, WSJ, "Is a Home Office Actually More Productive? Some Workers Think So.," 2 Jan. 2021 Research evidence supports the claim that employee ownership makes a positive difference in the productivity, profitability, and longevity of firms. Christopher Mackin, The New Republic, "A Pandemic Dividend for Every American," 1 Jan. 2021 Jehna Powell, 23, a bartender and gym employee, recently moved from Eaton, Colorado, to Pensacola Beach, Florida. NBC News, "Millions of Americans moved during the pandemic — and most aren't looking back," 1 Jan. 2021 So how can the number of jobs be down 6 percent but employee compensation be down only 0.5 percent? Weiyi Cai, New York Times, "Why Markets Boomed in a Year of Human Misery," 1 Jan. 2021 Day Kimball Healthcare’s employee of the month program is sponsored by Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 31 Dec. 2020 It's not known if most are being stored in employee hospitals and clinics, or in centralized hubs. Ricardo Torres, USA TODAY, "Employee intentionally removed COVID-19 vaccine from fridge, ruining more than 500 doses, hospital says; FBI investigating," 31 Dec. 2020 The number of employee cases at two In-N-Out Burger locations in Colorado has risen by more than 50 percent in the past week. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Coronavirus Outbreak at In-N-Out Burger Locations Rises to 122 Employee Cases," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of employee

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of employee was in 1822

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10 Jan 2021

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“Employee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employee. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce employee (audio) How to pronounce employee (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of employee

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


em·​ploy·​ee | \ im-ˌplȯi-ˈē How to pronounce employee (audio) \

Kids Definition of employee

: a person who is paid to work for another


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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