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Are minimum wage laws being bypassed online?

     
3:01 am on Jul 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I was just browsing through a popular online jobs site and it was fairly obvious that most if not all of the people hiring for jobs were also looking to pay bottom dollar and the jobs history sections show that they have indeed succeeded in doing just that. Some are hiring for thousands of hours of work at $1-$3 per hour on average.

Now, I know that the people taking these jobs may be in countries that do not have minimum wages assigned but many of them are, many of them from the United States for example where the minimum wage an employer can pay is 3x higher.

I don't know the law, is it legal to pay someone less than minimum wage if you find them online and they AGREE to be paid less? The site(s) are very clear about responsibility to pay taxes but mum on the minimum wage issue.
3:33 am on July 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Regarding your thread title, yes.

The only thing enforcing minimum wage laws on those types of boards would do is effectively remove those who live where there is a minimum wage from competing for the low wage type jobs.
7:51 am on July 23, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I don't know the law, is it legal to pay someone less than minimum wage if you find them online and they AGREE to be paid less?

Depends where you live, but it's safe to say that every country recognizes the concept of rights that cannot be signed away. The canonical law-school example in the US is that you cannot sell yourself into slavery.