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 He is charged with giving a false report, intentionally interfering with a government employee, soliciting business without a permit, violating activity restrictions and violating coronavirus restrictions. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Grand Canyon 153-person hike organizer from Washington state facing federal charges," 7 May 2021 Then, just before 8 p.m., a male bank employee emerged unharmed. BostonGlobe.com, "Charges imminent in Minnesota bank hostage case," 7 May 2021 Also, restaurant crew members can climb the career ladder to eventually become a support center employee. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top Workplaces 2021: Cousins Subs' focus on being a family-friendly company helps make the quick service restaurant chain a Top Workplace," 7 May 2021 He was charged with giving a false report, intentionally interfering with a government employee, soliciting business without a permit, violating activity restrictions, and violating coronavirus restrictions, according to court documents. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Man accused of organizing illegal 153-person Grand Canyon hike," 6 May 2021 But recruiting efforts that come from a current employee increase the likelihood of finding new team members who are a better fit and leads to lower turnover and a happier, more productive workforce. Scott Klinger, Forbes, "Why Your Employees Are Your Best Brand Ambassadors," 6 May 2021 Then, just before 8 p.m., a male bank employee emerged unharmed. Star Tribune, "Hostages freed, suspect arrested after St. Cloud bank robbery standoff," 6 May 2021 Among the services Horowitz performed for the Panther leader was recommending a 44-year-old Ramparts employee named Betty Van Patter for a job with the organization as a bookkeeper. Ronald Radosh, The New Republic, "Our Friend, the Trump Propagandist," 5 May 2021 On April 24, a Menards employee observed two customers stealing merchandise from the Brookpark Road store. John Benson, cleveland, "Resident in need of antivirus security software is victim of online scam: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of employee

1822, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Employee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employee. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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