Florida residents are ringing in 2019 with a higher minimum wage, and they're not alone. With the Federal minimum wage rate remaining stagnant at $7.25 per hour for the past ten years, 20 states and 21 cities have taken it upon themselves to enforce their own new minimum wage regulations.
Wage disputes caused by improper employee classifications are in the spotlight again. This time the Department of Labor (DOL) focus was on the classification of food truck managers as salaried versus hourly employees. Upon review of the allegations, the DOL sided with employees, requiring restaurant chain Clover Food Lab to pay $79,337 in back wages and fines. The company's owner, Ayr Muir, contends that his business has always done its best to stay "on the up-and-up" and did not intentionally misclassify employees. Despite his strong objection, Muir has no recourse short of a cost-prohibitive lawsuit against the DOL. Here's his side of the story.
Employers and workers both have a great deal more clarity on some issues following three opinion letters recently released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This practice, which is back in force again after a 7-year hiatus, provides the department's opinion on the interpretation of the law when presented with a specific set of facts.
When business is booming, it's definitely a cause for celebration. As things start to get busier, asking your employees to pick up some extra hours is a common practice. You may be planning on rewarding your staff with a company-wide bonus, but if you intend to do this in lieu of overtime pay, you need to think again.
The first minimum wage law was passed in Massachusetts in 1912. Since that time, the legality, logistics, and effectiveness of a minimum wage have been hotly debated. There is a new push to change the one-size-fits-all minimum wage regulations in favor of a more flexible, and possibly more effective, regional minimum wage.
Recently proposed changes to the handling of tip distribution may create major issues for restaurant employees. In July of this year, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its intention to reverse current Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules expressly prohibiting the pooling of tips with anyone other than a valid pool of other tipped employees. These regulations, which went into effect in 2011 under the Obama administration, clearly designate tips as the property of the employees who earned them. As such, employers are prohibited from using this money for anything other than minimum wage tip credit.
Since the Florida minimum wage law was passed in 2004, Florida employers are responsible for keeping up with both state and Federal regulations. On January 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Florida is set to increase. Here's what you need to know.
Employers in Florida have an obligation to familiarize themselves with overtime pay regulations. Employers are subject to the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as well as state law.
The "Fight for 15" movement has seen a lot of action over the past few years, and that action has helped to raise the wages of many people in areas around the country. In Florida, though, attempts to raise wages have had mixed results, but not necessarily for the reasons you might think.
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%.