minimum wage


Definition of minimum wage

2 : the lowest wage paid or permitted to be paid specifically : a wage fixed by legal authority or by contract as the least that may be paid either to employed persons generally or to a particular category of employed persons

Examples of minimum wage in a Sentence

Congress will vote on a bill to raise the minimum wage.
Recent Examples on the Web According to the Huffington Post, Sinema is working with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on legislation to increase the minimum wage, potentially to $11 an hour. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, "Profane engraving on Sinema's ring draws attention, anger from progressives," 19 Apr. 2021 Bezos’ shareholder letter for 2018, meanwhile, discussed Amazon’s decision to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour for US employees, and challenged competitors to follow their lead. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "Jeff Bezos says Amazon needs to change to be “Earth’s Best Employer”," 15 Apr. 2021 While there's been a push to increase the federal minimum wage, progress has so far proved elusive. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Minimum wage would be $44 today if it grew at same pace as Wall Street bonuses," 29 Mar. 2021 The group also supported efforts for the state to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, provide healthcare to immigrants and enact criminal justice reform. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "One of these people could be Newsom’s pick for California attorney general," 22 Mar. 2021 The latest effort to increase the minimum wage in New Hampshire has died in the state Senate., "New England news in brief," 20 Mar. 2021 An amendment offered by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to increase the minimum wage to $15 did not win over enough Democratic support. Rachel Siegel, Anchorage Daily News, "What’s in Congress’ $1.9 trillion covid bill: Checks, unemployment insurance and more," 11 Mar. 2021 Biden also faces pressure to pass immigration and voting rights legislation, as well as increase the federal minimum wage and other priorities. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "With passage of COVID-19 relief plan imminent, Biden delivers a final sales pitch," 8 Mar. 2021 The Senate removed language included in the House bill to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Wire Reports, oregonlive, "Here’s who is -- and who isn’t -- getting more money under the new stimulus plan," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of minimum wage

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Apr 2021

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“Minimum wage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of minimum wage

: an amount of money that is the least amount of money per hour that workers must be paid according to the law

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Legal Definition of minimum wage

: a wage fixed by contract or especially by law as the least that may be paid either to employees generally or to a particular category of employees — compare scale

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