Employers and employees receives wages. In addition to wages, the employer takes risks and builds equity.
An employer builds equity because of the risk he takes to grow a crop, produce a product or sell an item.
An employee receives wages in exchange for his time, energy and talent invested in manufacturing, farm production, or sale of goods.
The difference between the owner and the employee is not simply the amount of income but more so the factor of equity. Equity rises with inflation and economic growth. Those with no equity (employees) receive increased wages with inflation but the cost of goods and services rise prior to an increase in wages.