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Factory legislation:

5 Eliz. cap. 4. 43. Eliz. cap. 3. Will III. 8 & 9, cap. 30. 59 Geo. III. cap. 66. An Act for the Regulation of Cotton

Mills and Factories. 7 & 8 Vict. cap. 15. An Act to Amend the Laws relating to

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40 Vict. ch. 22. 1876. Trade Unions Act. 314 Wm. IV. cap. 103. An Act to Regulate the Labor of

Children and Young Persons in the Mills and Factories of

the United Kingdom. 8 & 9 Vict. cap. 29. An Act to Limit the Hours of Labor of

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the Law Relating to Factories and Workshops. 6 Edw. VII. ch. 58, Dec. 21, 1906. 9 Edw. VII. ch. 7. Sept. 20, 1909.

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Arkansas : C 291, Laws 1915.
California : C. 324, Laws 1913.
Colorado: C. 110, Laws 1913.
Kansas: C 275, Laws 1915.
Massachusetts: C. 706, Laws 1912: Am’d C's. 33, 673, Laws

Minnesota: C. 547, Laws 1913.
Nebraska: C. 211, Laws 1913.
Oregon: C. 62, Laws 1913.
Utah: C. 63, Laws 1913.
Washington : C. 174, Laws 1913.
Wisconsin: C. 712, Laws 1913.

1 B. L. Hutchins and A. Harrison, A History of Factory Legislation Appendix G.



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"Law will be forced to adapt itself to new conditions of society, and particularly to new relations between employers and employees as they arise." In other words, law is a progressive science and adaptable to changing conditions. This is the intelligent principle of expediency and humanity underlying all our labor legislation, enacted in the mutual interest of the employer and the employed, and of society as the ultimate benefactor. The expression of the principle as a legal dictum is a comparatively recent development, but its practical influence can be traced back more than a century in the history of the English speaking peoples, to the year 1802 when the English Parliament passed the first of a series of Factory Acts, which have grown to embrace a large field of remedial legislation in the interest of labor. One of the latest, and perhaps the most controverted, extensions of the principle of the Factory Acts has been the establishment by law of a living wage for certain classes of employees, or for the employees in certain trades and industries. A great deal of legal and historical fiction has been cited by those who oppose the establishment by law of a minimum wage, in their effort to maintain their proposition that legal regulation of the rate of wages is an unwarranted and an unprecedented extension of governmental activity. The many legal and economic objections to legislative interference with the payment of wages will be considered later and in their proper places; it is necessary, first of all, to dispel, if possible, the popular notion that minimum wage legislation is a radical modern experiment without historical precedent. A brief survey of the history of labor legislation in England, Australasia, and the United States—the only coun

1 Slaughter House cases, 16 Wallace, 27.

2 "In 1802 there was enacted the first of the long list of industrial and social measures, which in principle are the same as the demand for the Living Wage, p. 13. . :: The Living Wage is the inevitable outcome, and the natural complement, of the industrial and social legislation of the last hundred years." p. 24, Philip Snowdon, "The Living Wage."

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