Minimum Wage Debate Essay

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The Divide between the Minimum Wage Debates
The federal minimum wage is the lowest hourly wage that an employer may legally pay its employee. In some states, minimum wage laws differ, allowing the state minimum wage to be slightly higher than the federal minimum wage. Right now, the federal minimum wage is at $7.25 per hour. Businesses in the United States, except in special circumstances, cannot legally pay their employees a wage lower than $7.25 per hour. There has been much heavy debate over what should be the set dollar amount of the federal minimum wage. Opponents of boosting the minimum wage above the current $7.25 per hour focus on the negative side effects that may result in an increase. For example, most feel it isn’t the most effective
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Through the USDL, the federal government formed The Fair Labor Standards Act. This act was created in 1938 and in information provided by the USDL, it is noted that this act establishes the minimum wage, overtime, and child labor standards. The act establishes these standards for both part-time and full-time employees at local and federal government levels. Through this act the federal minimum wage must not be anything less than $7.25 per hour. The USDL also states under the Fair Labor Standards Act that any overtime wages must not be anything less than time and a half of a workers normal pay and overtime must be paid starting when a worker reaches over 40 hours of work in one …show more content…
In his article “This is What’s Driving the Minimum Wage Debate.” published in the Huffington Post, Stephen Ohlemacher reports the House Speaker John Boehner has no plans to bring a vote to the bill in the House of Representatives. He goes on to inform us in an interview that Boehner says “When you raise the price of employment . . . You get less of it.” Also in Ohlemacher’s article, he states that Republicans agree that around 500,000 jobs could be

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