employee

noun
em·ploy·ee | \im-ˌplȯ(i)-ˈē, (ˌ)em-;im-ˈplȯ(i)-ˌē, em- \
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for employee

Synonyms

hand, hireling, jobholder, retainer, worker

Antonyms

employer

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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.

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Santander, the finance company, uses a speech analytics software called CallMiner that grades employees based on their diction and word choice. Sonia Rao, chicagotribune.com, "'What's up with that white voice?': The tricky art of linguistic code-switching," 14 July 2018 Before paying customers step on board, though, Blue Origin is expected to send employees up to demonstrate the safety of the spacecraft and to do additional tests. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Jeff Bezos May Charge $200,000 or More to Fly You to Outer Space," 13 July 2018 However, many school districts, including Broward, don’t plan to arm existing employees. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Most applying to be Broward armed guardians fail to meet qualifications," 13 July 2018 Using servers in Arizona, the Russians then monitored at least 10 DCCC employees. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Arizona servers used by Russian hackers to monitor Democrats, feds say," 13 July 2018 Our Global Employment Outsourcing division manages other companies’ full-time employees working in foreign countries. Ilene Bassler, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Strict immigration policies ripple through talent pool," 12 July 2018 Nothing was off limits, especially Ganim’s seven years in federal prison for public corruption and questions about whether Lamont laid off employees from his telecommunications company. Neil Vigdor, courant.com, "Rival Democrats Ned Lamont And Joe Ganim Exchange Barbs In Raucous Debate," 12 July 2018 Bell has committed to keep 4,500 employees in Fort Worth through 2020 and 3,900 workers through 2028, under terms of a $13.5 million tax incentive deal with the city of Fort Worth. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Bell just got a big military aircraft contract. Will Fort Worth get any new jobs?," 12 July 2018 The new alliance is starting small: Its skeleton staff will include employees from Nestle, Unilever, Mars and Danone, plus a handful of outside consultants. Caitlin Dewey, latimes.com, "Four of the biggest food companies band together to change food and farm policy," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of employee

1822, in the meaning defined above

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employee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of employee

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

employee

noun
em·ploy·ee | \im-ˌplȯi-ˈē \

Kids Definition of employee

: a person who is paid to work for another

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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