The Minimum Wage Is A National Law For Covered Nonexempt Employees

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The U.S. Minimum Wage
The federal minimum wage is a national law for covered nonexempt employees that requires their employer to pay them no less than this required lowest level wage. “The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 was the first major piece of protective labor legislation adopted at the national level in the United States. Among its provisions were a minimum wage rate, below which hourly wages could not be reduced” (Ehrenberg & Smith, 2012). According to the U.S. Department of Labor website, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. While this wage is certainly higher than it has been in the past, it is still not a ‘living wage’. A minimum wage is a wage that is high enough to be able to provide one with the necessities as well as luxuries vital for a widely accepted standard of living (Merriam Webster Dictionary). As a result, many of those who do not make a wage sufficient enough to live with, require government assistance in some form to help them make up for what their earnings lack.
Since the Federal government implemented this current minimum wage in 2009, there have been many debates concerning the possibility of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. It is important that we investigate this issue not only because of the lives that will be directly and primarily impacted by such a policy change, but also because of the possible ripple effects. A change in the minimum wage will affect different markets and areas and thus, adequate research must be…

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