minimum wage

Definition

The smallest hourly wage that an employee may be paid as mandated by federal law. Inflation and other factors necessitate periodic adjustments to the actual number.

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Many people work at companies that only pay the minimum wage, which is generally not a living wage for most families in the United States.

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As a national company, we must take into account not only the federal minimum wage but those prescribed for at both the state and local levels.

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The fast food workers were becoming desperate for a higher hourly salary because nobody could survive, much less thrive, on the minuscule amount provided by minimum wage.

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