Florida Minimum Wage Is Now Higher Than Federal Minimum


Florida's minimum wage rose to $7.31 per hour, effective June 1, 2011. The increase is a result of a recent lawsuit—Cadet v. Fla. Agency for Workforce Innovation—filed in Leon County Circuit Court where the judge ruled that the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation had miscalculated the minimum wage, and ordered it to be increased.

The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage. Employers are required to pay their employees the higher of the two wage levels. Because Florida's minimum wage is now higher than the current federal minimum wage rate of $7.25, covered employers have to honor the state's higher wage rate. Florida employers must post the updated state minimum-wage notice in a conspicuous and accessible place in each workplace.

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