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Minimum wage to increase July 24

Small business owners in Jacksonville are reminded that minimum wages in Florida are scheduled to increase from the current $7.21 per hour to $7.25 per hour. The increase is due to an increase in federal minimum wage levels.

The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage.  Employers must pay their employees the hourly state minimum wage for all hours worked in Florida. The definitions of “employer,” “employee” and “wage” for state purposes are the same as those established under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Employers of “tipped employees” who meet eligibility requirements for the tip credit under the FLSA, may count tips actually received as wages under the FLSA. However, the employer must pay tipped employees a direct wage. The direct wage is calculated as equal to the minimum wage minus the 2003 tip credit ($3.02), or a direct hourly wage of $4.19.

According to the law, employees who are not paid the minimum wage may bring a civil action against the employer. The state attorney general may also bring an enforcement action to enforce the minimum wage. FLSA information and compliance assistance can be found at: http://www.dol.gov/dol/compliance/comp-flsa.htm.

Florida Statutes require employers who must pay their employees the Florida minimum wage to post a minimum wage notice in a conspicuous and accessible place in each establishment where these employees work. This poster requirement is in addition to the federal requirement to post a notice of the federal minimum wage. Florida’s minimum wage poster is available for downloading in English and Spanish from the Agency for Workforce Innovation’s website at: http://www.floridajobs.org/workforce/posters.html. 


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