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 Warren’s proposal also would prohibit retaliation against employees who ask for scheduling changes and prevent companies from scheduling workers for back-to-back shifts with less than 11-hours in between. BostonGlobe.com, "The campaign proposal would require legislation and is based on the “Schedules that Work Act” bill that Warren has introduced in Congress.," 3 Dec. 2019 After Bocks' disappearance, Fernald employees noticed that a readout showed the temperature in the vat had dipped more than 20 degrees twice in a 15-minute period just moments after Bocks had last been seen alive. Amber Hunt, Cincinnati.com, "Mysterious death focus of 3rd season of hit true-crime podcast 'Accused'," 3 Dec. 2019 Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Fort Worth, Basic Energy Service has 4,100 employees aross the United States. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Basic Energy Services delisted from New York Stock Exchange," 3 Dec. 2019 Harris is a co-sponsor of the FAMILY Act, which is funded by small employee and employer payroll contributions of two-tenths of 1 percent. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "America's parents want affordable day care, maternity leave. Here's what 2020 candidates say," 3 Dec. 2019 Those employees would actually split about $6.2 million, after attorneys' fees and other costs are taken into account. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Riot Games offers female employees $10 million in settlement," 3 Dec. 2019 Corporate mailrooms in New York and other cities are overwhelmed by employees shipping personal packages to work for safekeeping, leading companies to ban packages and issue warnings that boxes will be intercepted and returned to the senders. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "90,000 Packages Disappear Daily in N.Y.C. Is Help on the Way?," 2 Dec. 2019 In 2019, Roblan played a central role in passing Democrats’ and public employee unions’ top priority, a $1 billion-a-year business tax to fund early childhood and K-12 education improvements. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Legislature will have at least 15 open seats in 2020," 2 Dec. 2019 Companies are competing with each other by sweetening the pot, wooing applicants with higher pay, more perks, and more generous employee discounts than in years past. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "Job Hunting? How to Turn a Seasonal Gig Permanent," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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6 Dec 2019

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“Employee.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/employee?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=employ07. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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