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 His coalition, however, is campaigning for a higher minimum wage and a price cap on essential goods. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, 16 May 2022 But this comes after other show votes Democrats have taken — on the minimum wage and voting rights — that have divided their party, depressed their base and failed in the 50-50 Senate. Mark Murray, NBC News, 10 May 2022 Ryan has focused his campaign on economic issues, including outsourcing, trade deals and minimum wage. Adam Brewster, CBS News, 3 May 2022 Employees at a New York City Apple retail store are seeking a $30 minimum wage and additional benefits as part of push to unionize. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2022 My leadership and my investment in clean energy and a $15 minimum wage and preschool and public transit. cleveland, 11 Apr. 2022 Mélenchon promises to raise France's minimum wage and minimum pension, and lower the retirement age to 60. Sylvie Corbet, ajc, 10 Apr. 2022 Additionally, Cooke noted, hospitality work and other relatively low-paying industries have reaped a boost from rapid increases in Oregon’s minimum wage. Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 3 Apr. 2022 The union is seeking a $30-an-hour minimum wage and better working conditions, longer breaks and better transportation to and from the Staten Island ferry dock. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of minimum wage

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 May 2022

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“Minimum wage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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