Who pays a living wage?

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  • commented 2016-03-12 11:20:02 -0500
    I fully endorse this program for full-time employees who have families or individuals who are on their own and finished with schooling. However, I have not seen anything about wages for teens, high schoolers and full-time college or trade school students working part time. I feel the most important time in a person’s ‘young working’ life is when they are gaining experience in the work environment. They do not have the skills or understanding of business to be able to contribute to the businesses success and are in a ‘learning’ environment provided by the business.

    The teens and high schoolers are more than likely just working for spending money or may be contributing to their family. The students (college or trade schools) may be working to support their rent, food and tuition as well. In both instances, these young people are gaining a work experience while contributing less than the full needs of the employer. I feel it is unreasonable to expect the business to pay ‘living wages’ to an employee who needs more supervision, more training and is more likely not to stay with that employer.

    By setting ‘living wages’ the employer is less likely to hire young, part-time employees. You need to set a dividing line that separates these young part-time employees from older, more experienced employees. In fact, even older employees, if they have no experience in the particular business, need a required period of time for training and experience in that business before the employer is expected to pay a ‘living wage’.