Minimum Wage And The Wage

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Minimum wage was established on October 24, 1938 after President Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act. (Grossman) Minimum wage was set to allow working class citizens an opportunity to work a reasonable amount of hours for pay that would enable individuals to maintain a minimal quality life. In today’s economics minimum wage is used as a price control or price floor that the government enforces. A price floor is a minimum price for a product or service above the market’s equilibrium price. Selling any product or service sold below the price floor is considered illegal. Since the price of a commodity or service is increased the demand will go down lower than the quantity supplied creating a surplus. This theory also creates a surplus in employment. When minimum wage is increased or a price floor is set there will be a surplus of employees and the demand for workers will decrease. Well in order to accurately determine whether the minimum wage employees are receiving is enough to maintain a minimal lifestyle, we must first understand how the minimum wage is calculated. According to the United States Department of Labor, “federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. The federal minimum wage provisions are contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).” The Fair Labor Standards Act is a set of standards pertaining to youth employment, overtime pay, and other laws that affect employees within private and public

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