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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

For instance, two Trump administration agencies have recently declared that Uber drivers are not employees, and therefore not entitled to minimum wage, overtime or the right to engage in collective action such as joining a union. Jeffrey Hirsch, The Conversation, "Worker-protection laws aren’t ready for an automated future," 28 Aug. 2019 To mitigate the damage, Macri announced a series of relief measures, including increases in the minimum wage, welfare subsidies, tax cuts, temporary freezes to gasoline prices, and loans for small and medium-sized businesses. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Argentina Considers a Return to Peronism," 28 Aug. 2019 That status means they are not guaranteed the same rights as employees, such as a minimum wage, overtime, workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, paid sick leave or on-the-job expenses. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "DoorDash details new tipping policy after backlash," 22 Aug. 2019 Chicago’s city council voted to approve $13 minimum wage, and Los Angeles was next with $15. Sheila Mcclear, The New Republic, "The Future For Labor," 20 Aug. 2019 Sanders released an 11-minute campaign video on Thursday featuring a conversation with Cardi about police brutality, immigration, minimum wage, student debt and Medicare for All. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Bernie Sanders Drops Campaign Video With Cardi B," 15 Aug. 2019 The survey, the first to be released so far, focuses on five areas of concern for the community: sub-minimum wage, inclusive education, mental health services, the domestic workforce shortage, and access to assistive technology. Rebecca Cokley, Quartz, "25% of Americans are disabled. So why aren’t the Democratic candidates talking about it?," 1 Aug. 2019 And as much as Democrats might like to talk about health care, climate change and the minimum wage, their candidate will inevitably be dragged into his sucking morass of conspiracy mongering and tribalism. Molly Ball, Time, "What Do the Democrats Stand For? Inside a Fight Over America's Future," 25 July 2019 This week’s analysis is an update of CBO’s 2014 analysis of a $10.10 minimum wage, which said one million workers would be pulled out of poverty at the cost of half a million jobs. Michael Saltsman, WSJ, "How Many Jobs Would the $15 Minimum Wage Kill?," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of minimum wage

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of minimum wage

What It Is

Minimum wage is the lowest hourly amount an employer may legally pay an employee.

How It Works

If an employer compensates employees on an hourly basis, that employer must pay the employee no less than the minimum wage. In the United States, the minimum wage is set by the federal government. The government periodically modifies the minimum wage to reflect rises in the general price level and cost of living.

Why It Matters

In the labor market, wages rise and fall depending on the supply and demand for labor. Though it restricts economic efficiency, the argument in support of minimum wage laws is that it curbs employers' attempts to exploit workers and ensures that employees are compensated at a livable rate.

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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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