The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity made a big announcement last year — the Florida minimum wage in 2018 will rise to $8.25 per hour effective January 1st. This important news affects many employees across diverse industries including retail, hotels/hospitality, tourism, restaurants, and more.
On an annual basis, this department calculates the wage based on the percentage increase in the Federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the South Region. The time frame was for the 12-month period prior to September 1, 2017.
Do you know your rights? Employers are required by law to pay their employees the hourly state minimum wage for all hours worked in Florida.
Employee Rights Legislation
The Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 initially established the federal minimum wage and instructed the Department of Labor to enforce the act. Even if you are an employee of a small business, you are covered under the parameters of the FLSA, in most circumstances.
An experienced employment law attorney can defend your rights against FLSA violations. You are entitled to the higher of the two wages (federal or state). Since federal minimum wage is still at $7.25 per hour, you should be earning at least $8.25 per hour with the increase in Florida’s minimum wage.
Restaurant Workers & Other “Tipped” Employees
If you are a server, bartender, or other “tipped” employee, employers must pay you a direct wage. Regarding the law on Florida minimum wage in 2018, the direct wage is calculated as equal to the minimum wage ($8.25) minus the 2003 tip credit ($3.02) — or a direct hourly wage of $5.23 as of January 1, 2018.
Taking Action for You and Your Family
The law is there to protect you and your family. We understand that the impact on daily life can be huge if you are not getting paid Florida minimum wage. Legal experts can answer questions, guide you through the processes, and fight for justice when your employer is not paying you what you are entitled to under the law. With help from the experts, take action for you and your family to get the money you deserve.
A Commitment to Employee Rights in Florida
Wenzel Fenton Cabassa, P.A., counsels clients in cases involving the Florida minimum wage, as well as other forms of wage theft including unpaid overtime, unpaid wages, unpaid commission, and unpaid salary. Employers often have teams of attorneys on their side and we are here to advocate for your rights and make employers accountable for fair wages designated under state and federal law.
We help hard-working people across industries with civil action cases regarding violations of the law and proper compensation for Florida minimum wage in 2018. An employee rights attorney goes through the process with you step-by-step, including potential settlement options prior to initiating a lawsuit.
To consult with an experienced Florida employment lawyer regarding a dispute over compensation with Florida minimum wage, call us today or schedule your free initial consultation.