the lowest wage payable to employees in general or to designated employees as fixed by law or by union agreement.
Other definitions for minimum-wage (2 of 2)
of or relating to a minimum wage: minimum-wage demands.
paid or earning a minimum wage: a minimum-wage worker.
paying a minimum wage: a minimum-wage job.
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How to use minimum wage in a sentence
The report is sure to animate the already heated debate over whether to include raising the federal minimum wage in legislation to help the sputtering economic recovery and aid vaccine distribution.CBO report finds $15 minimum wage would cost jobs but lower poverty levels | Eli Rosenberg | February 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Day-care operators, whose facilities have been mostly open for months, said their employees tend to be older and earn minimum wage, and deserve priority.D.C. opens vaccination sign-up times for day-care, charter school workers | Ian Shapira | February 7, 2021 | Washington Post
It would also raise the minimum wage, increase the child tax credit, provide rental assistance and money for nutrition programs, while setting aside hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to state and local governments.The economy gained just 49,000 jobs in January, as recover sputters amid pressure from virus | Eli Rosenberg | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
They say the costs are too high and the mandate too far-flung, such as an initial call for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and provisions for climate change.State Budgets Are In Tatters. Republicans in Washington Say Too Bad | Philip Elliott | February 4, 2021 | Time
At $14 an hour, I was earning $1 more than at my other job and $4 and change above the city’s minimum wage.The Toxicity of Restaurant Kitchens Is Exactly Why I Never Reported Abuses | Lindsey Danis | February 4, 2021 | Eater
He was treated like an immigrant, working for minimum wage, missing his family and having to move on from his musical career.
As a result, the inexperienced can find themselves earning well below minimum wage, or abused by underhanded employers.Amazon’s Turkers Kick Off the First Crowdsourced Labor Guild | Kevin Zawacki | December 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Both give estimates of how many U.S. workers would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage.
Only about 3.3 million Americans (pdf) earn the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour or less.
Three days later, BrewDog's operation manager offered him a minimum-wage assistant brewer position.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama | Jeff Campagna | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The minimum wage law ought to form, in one fashion or another, a part of the code of every community.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
This can be done, as with the minimum wage, partly by positive legislation and partly collective action.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
A penny a day does not seem such an insufficient minimum wage to a traveler, as it does to a stay-at-home person.Humanly Speaking | Samuel McChord Crothers
There is much talk now of minimum wage legislation to guarantee laborers a certain standard.Consumers and Wage-Earners | J. Elliot Ross
Likewise labor at a minimum wage, congress and the lords of labor permitting.Some Cities and San Francisco and Resurgam | Hubert Howe Bancroft
British Dictionary definitions for minimum wage
the lowest wage that an employer is permitted to pay by law or union contract
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Cultural definitions for minimum wage
The lowest legal hourly wage.
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