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Raising Minimum Wage and Implications for Employers

What's going on with minimum wage? Employers must be aware that there is somewhat of a discrepancy between the federal minimum wage and the cost of living in 2016. This past Sunday, July 24, was the seventh year that the federal minimum wage has remained the same, even with the increased cost of daily expenses. The cost of living has risen 12% since 2009, leaving the actual value of minimum wage crashing to the ground. This is a huge step down from the days before Reagan, when the minimum wage started to fall. In 1968 minimum wage was at its highest. If we look at the dive from that peak, the value has dropped more than 25%.

New Overtime Law Offers Employers Opportunities for Change

Have you heard about the new Department of Labor Law's Overtime regulations? Effective December 2016, employees earning less than $47,476 are entitled to earn overtime. Raised from the previous $23,660 annually, this ruling dramatically widens the circle of employees that should be earning time and a half after 40 hours a week. This re-evaluation of overtime procedures is now slated to be increased every 3 years; rather than resist the changes occurring, employers should put a plan into place now for when the law takes full effect later.

Understand the Tipped Minimum Wage Laws and Common Florida Violations

One of Florida's leading industries, hospitality, is also one of the most frequently preyed upon groups of workers statewide. Many employers starting in the industry assume that things are legal the way that they are, or that they are simply the industry standard. The amount of misinformation and unlawful policies that are considered the "norm" is unsettling. Here we will explore the various ways hospitality and restaurant industry employers could be at risk for labor law violations.

A Raise in Florida's Minimum Wage

As of January 1, 2015, the minimum wage hourly earning in Florida has increased to $8.05 per hour from the previous $7.93 earned per hour in the prior year. The raise in minimum wage also benefits "tipped employees" who have increased their hourly earnings to $5.03 per hour from the previous $4.91 earned the previous year. This is considering that these "tipped employees" are earning at least minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act or "FLSA" between their hourly earnings and tips.

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