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Section 4: Definitions
Living Wage: the amount that a single individual must earn hourly to afford their basic necessities, without public or private assistance. For further information on the wage rate visit: www.justeconomicswnc.org.
Living Wage Certified Employer: an employer that is accepted in our program and meets or exceeds the Richmond Area Living Wage Certification program criteria.
Apprentice: an individual that is learning a trade, art, or skill by practical experience under skilled workers in exchange for work.
Intern: a student or graduate in a professional field gaining supervised practical experience in exchange for work.
Minor: An individual under the age of 18.
Temporary/Project based Employee: An “as needed” employee that works intermittently and does not work more than 45 days in a calendar year.
Independent Contractor: a contractor that is in business for him/herself. The person is not under the direct control of your business. Independent contractors must receive a “1099”. Independent Contractors paid an hourly rate and consistently working over 8 hours a week must make $2/hour more than the current living wage to qualify for certification. The additional wage requirements are meant to cover their individual tax
New Hire: an employee who is within their first 90 days of employment during which the employee and employer are evaluating each other.
Tipped Employee: an employee who consistently relies on tips for a percentage of their income. When averaged out, wage and tips combined must meet the same wage rates described above. The Richmond Area Living Wage Certification program will interview a percentage of tipped employees from any employer that applies for Living Wage Certification using tips to qualify order to ensure that the wage requirements are met.
If you know of another business that would benefit from our program, please refer them to Rachael@virginiainterfaithcenter.org.