Minimum Wage Updated!
In the United States, a minimum wage refers to the lowest wage that an employer can pay a worker according to federal, state, local, or tribal law. Regardless of state law, US employers must pay at least the federal minimum wage to workers whose employment circumstances meet certain criteria. These criteria have evolved since the federal minimum wage was first established by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938. In 2007 lawmakers created legislation to gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 per hour, which had been in effect since 1997, to $7.25 per hour by 2009, where it remained as of early 2021. President Joe Biden and many Democratic lawmakers advocate a higher federal minimum wage of...Read more