Mathieu, Alexandre and Caroline pick raspberries. Mathieu and Caroline worked 7 hours while Alexandre worked 9 hours. At the end of the day, each of them harvested 25 kilograms of raspberries. Their wage will be calculated as follows:
25 kilogrammes × $2.98 = $74.50
In this example, the wage on the basis of yield of Mathieu and Caroline is higher than the minimum wage, which shows that the condition of the fields did not influence the yield of the pickers. Both of them will receive $74.50 for their day. In the case of Alexandre, the amount is less than the minimum wage, but he will not receive more, since it is his low yield that has penalized him.
Simon picks strawberries. He worked 7 hours and harvested 80 kilograms. His wage on the basis of yield will be calculated as follows:
80 kilogrammes × $0.79 = $63.20 $
Simon’s yield does not allow him to reach the minimum wage rate and this is the case for the majority of the other workers. It is therefore likely that it is the condition of the fields that has penalized them. Consequently, the employer will have to pay Simon and his colleagues in the same situation the difference between the minimum wage and what they earned.
Minimum wage rate as of May 1, 2013: $10.15 per hour
Minimum wage for 7 hours of work
Step 1 :
$10.15 $ × 7 heures = $71.05
Step 2 : Difference between the wage on the basis of yield and the minimum wage
$71.05 (minimum wage) − $63.20 (wage on the basis of yield) = $7.85
The employer will therefore have to pay Simon and the other employees in the same situation, in addition to their wage on the basis of yield, the sum of $7.85.