A Purposive Interpretation of the National Minimum Wage Act

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


This article uses a purposive method of interpretation to suggest solutions to various questions
raised in the application of the National MinimumWage Act (NMWA). The article first considers
the goals of minimum wage laws (and the NMWA in particular) by putting forward the justifications for such laws and addressing critiques. It is argued that the minimum wage is best understood as a mechanism for redistribution of resources and ensuring respect for the human dignity of workers. Building on this articulation of goals, the article then proceeds to consider which group of workers are included within the scope of the NMWA (interpreting terms such as 'worker', 'voluntary workers', apprentices and trainees); what are considered working hours for the purpose of the Act (focusing on cases of work/sleep combinations); and what constitutes part of the wage (focusing on tips, attendance allowances and deductions for accommodations).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-606
JournalModern Law Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009


Dive into the research topics of 'A Purposive Interpretation of the National Minimum Wage Act'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this