It is the same with welfare. Companies don't have to pay a living wage when the govwrnment steps in and makes up the difference. It is the only reason that the minimum wage is a topic today. Instead of being a starting wage to work up from, its a career path for some because companies have no care about their employees leaving for greener pastures.
Of course the responsible answer to the career minimum wage issue is to create more jobs and have an extremely low unemployment. Companies would be forced to pay more and take caee of their employees if another job was waiting for them. But it seems the path our politicians want to take might do the opposite. But hey, at least there is welfare.