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K i r k | 1 Sean Kirk Professor Corner English 110.01 February 25, 2008 Minimum Wage Poverty is a growing problem that is affecting the lives of millions of people each day. Since 1938, during the great depression, there has been a minimum wage set in place by the federal government. The whole idea of having a minimum wage is so that workers can have more purchasing power. With this power, more money will be invested in companies, which will produce more job opportunities, and will stimulate the economy. Acts have been put into place by both the state and the federal governments, which are helping combat this issue by implementing a minimum wage. One such act that is currently being enforced by the Federal Governmentis the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). By creating this act, the government hoped to “prescribe standards for the basic minimum wage and overtime pay” (U.S. Department of Labor). Another federal act that is helping in the cause is the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA). This act “requires employers of contracting companies to provide dominant wage rates and employee benefits” (U.S. Department of Labor). The Service Contract Act (SCA) “requires contractors and subcontractors that are performing services on federal or District of Columbia contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees no less than the monetary wage
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K i r k | 2 rates and to provide employee benefits found prevailing in the locality, or the rates contained in a predecessor contractor's collective bargaining agreement” (U.S. Department of Labor). The Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA) is an act “which sets overtime standards for most federal service contracts, federally funded construction contracts, and federal supply contracts over $100,000” (U.S. Department of Labor). The Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) “requires payment of
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