- The minimum rate that an employee can be legally paid is referred to as the minimum wage. The minimum wage law was first introduced in the United States in 1938 (at $.25 per hour), although the state of Massachusetts had declared a minimum wage for women and children as early as 1912. Other countries followed (France in 1950, Great Britain in 1999) and in Latin America, minimum wage laws were introduced in the 1960s as part of the Alliance for Progress. Each country determines its own minimum wage and establishes its own arbitration board to deal with enforcing the laws. In the United States, a federal minimum wage was set during the Clinton administration; individual states were allowed to set their own minimum wage above the federal level. In 2006, the current minimum wage in the U.S. was $5.15 per hour, a level that had not increased since 1998. In Britain, the minimum wage for workers between 18 and 21 years of age in 2006 was £4.45 per hour and for adults 22 and older, £5.35. In France, the 2006 minimum wage was 8.03€ per hour.
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