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Reminder: Minimum wages increased July 24

As reported on this Web site earlier this month, on July 24 the new federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour replaced Florida’s minimum-wage rate of $7.21 per hour. Federal law requires employers to pay the higher minimum wage, whether federal or state.  The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage.  

Florida minimum wage rates are calculated each year on September 30 by the Agency for Workforce Innovation, with the calculation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  If that calculation is higher than the federal rate, the state’s rate takes effect the following January.

The minimum wage for tipped employees also increased from $4.19 per hour plus tips to $4.23 with the new federal minimum wage.

Employees who are entitled to receive minimum wage but are not paid the minimum wage may bring a civil action against the employer or any person violating Florida’s minimum wage law. The Florida Attorney General may also take action to enforce the minimum wage.

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.  

For more information on the minimum wage, please visit  For information on the minimum wage in other states, please visit  For the U.S. Department of Labor’s press release, go to

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