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 Federal legislation like The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would prohibit employers from using salary history to benchmark a new employees' salary, has bipartisan support yet is stalled in Congress. CNN, "The gender pay gap will remain until companies change their ways," 17 Sep. 2019 Video shows two masked men forcing a female employee to open a safe the back room. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Dramatic video shows armed robbery at cell phone store," 16 Sep. 2019 The Jameses own Wildman’s convenience store and had a few employees out sick. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘This town is just exhausted’: Cooper Landing wrestles with aftermath of a summer lost to wildfire," 15 Sep. 2019 As a businessman, much of Yang's perspectives towards healthcare are informed by his history of being an employer who had to provide healthcare for his employees. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Andrew Yang's 2020 Dark-Horse Presidential Platform," 12 Sep. 2019 Huffhines reportedly paid his employees 30¢ per cartridge, which were packaged to look professional, according to Kenosha County assistant district attorney Andrew Burgoyne. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Black-market THC-vape operation busted in Wisconsin, police say," 12 Sep. 2019 The bank said a Conduent employee working at a call center was fired as a result of the fraud, American Banker added. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "Retirees, veterans sue over Direct Express debit card fraud," 6 Sep. 2019 Its backlog has more than tripled over the past three years, to 22,000 cases, says Simon Jeans, a former employee. The Economist, "Far more would-be refugees arrive in Australia by plane than by boat," 5 Sep. 2019 Inside, Tom’s unleashing his own brand of chaos, hazing one of his new employees by using him as a human footstool. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Kind of Game Is Kendall Playing on Succession?," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of employee

1822, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of employee was in 1822

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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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