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The Ultimate Minimum Wage Quiz
by Staff
Went for a job interview and were shocked by the hourly pay rate offered? Find out what the current hourly minimum wage is; you may be entitled to more than you were offered. What exactly is a minimum hourly wage and is it really in our best interests? Take our quiz and find out.

Which countries were the first to establish an hourly minimum wage?

  • Australia and New Zealand
  • Scandinavia and Germany
  • The United States and Great Britain

What are the basic components of the minimum wage laws?

  • a minimum hourly wage that would be enough to cover basic living costs if working a 40 hour week
  • a minimum hourly wage that is in line with inflation rates
  • an eight-hour workday, overtime pay and a minimum hourly wage

When did the U.S. introduce minimum wage regulations?

  • in 1901
  • in 1925
  • in 1938

What is the current federal minimum wage?

  • $ 5.68
  • $ 6. 89
  • $ 7.25

When states have a different minimal wage regulation than the federal one, which amount is paid?

  • the higher of the two
  • the lower of the two
  • the average of the two

In the U.S., how many hours a week do you need to work to qualify for the minimum wage?

  • five hours
  • eight hours
  • 14 hours

How many dollars' worth of tips do waiters need to get before they are exempt from being paid the regular minimum wage?

  • $30
  • $40
  • $50

In the U.S., which professions are exempt from minimum wage regulations?

  • the entertainment industry
  • managers, executives and other professionals
  • health care professions

How much business does a company need to do to be obligated to pay its workers the minimum wage?

  • more than $ 100,000 a year in sales
  • more than $ 200,000 a year in sales
  • more than $ 500,000 a year in sales

What do many European countries rely on to ensure their workers are treated fairly, instead of having a minimum wage?

  • the integrity of employers
  • open market forces
  • labor unions

Whom does the British minimum wage law cover?

  • all employed persons
  • British citizens, but not other EU members
  • adults over 22 only

What is the minimum wage in Britain for an adult?

  • £ 3.2
  • £ 5.73
  • £ 6.1

When were the first minimum wage laws introduced in China?

  • 1988
  • 1999
  • 2004

What is a suggested alternative to fighting poverty rather than by having minimum wage laws?

  • more flexible unemployment benefits
  • tax rebates
  • better education

According to some, what is the biggest culprit in causing inflation?

  • minimum wage laws
  • price of housing
  • over-production of money