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Minimum Wage in Germany



Minimum Wage in Germany
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.81

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     challenging words:    law-defined, much-heated, pittance, filing, spectrum, trend, employment, necessarily, short-term, breaker, wage, strike, currently, hinder, purpose, benefits
     content words:    United States, Social Democratic Party, German Trade Federation, Economic Research


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Minimum Wage in Germany
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Caption: Workers on strike in Germany for higher wages
 
2     People that work expect to be paid for their jobs. Different industries pay different amounts of money depending on education, skill, years of employment, and so on. Different countries have different ways of handling salaries as well.
 
3     Some countries have a part of the law that states a minimum wage. For example, in the United States, the minimum wage began in 1938. What is its purpose? By setting the lowest amount an employer can pay an employee for an hour's worth of work, the law is hoping to protect the workers. This is supposed to be an amount on which workers can survive, although those receiving minimum wage will often share how difficult that can be. Many other countries set minimum wages as well. While many European countries have had minimum wages for years, until recently, Germany did not follow that trend.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Create a budget for your household.

2.  Research the current minimum wage in the United States. Do you think that's a lot or a little? Explain.

3.  What is a euro? Research how it compares to the U.S. dollar.



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