Around the turn of the 20th century industrialism had made many changes to American life, it had changed how people worked, who worked, under what conditions and how well they were compensated. Many people found the conditions that businesses put their workers in were unsuitable and the people who sought for change were known as progressives. They wanted to stop the practices of businesses that left the workers in unsuitable conditions. They wanted to take children out of the workplace, the working conditions, and the compensation that the workers received.
The government should set hour laws and minimum wage laws to compensate the workers fairly for their work. With minimum wage, businesses are required to pay a certain amount to each worker hourly in order to create a standard of living for them. This would reduce poverty greatly by setting a bottom line. Setting an hour limit and including overtime would help discourage businesses from overworking its employees. It would also give employees a break from work, thus increasing their productivity during working hours. It would also be necessary to create laws to improve safety and to prohibit child labor. If stricter safety laws were to be put into action it would put companies more liable for accidents that happen on work time and create safer work areas. Restrictions on child labor would increase their opportunity for education and keep them out of jobs with dangerous working conditions. Laws like these are what progressives were pushing for and they were eventually put into place.