As a Florida employer your posters and practices are, no doubt, updated and in order. This includes the latest Florida minimum wage which is $8.25 an hour. This is higher than the federal minimum wage but apparently, it’s still not enough for some in the state including some municipalities in the south and possibly elsewhere in the state. The City of Miami is in a battle with the state that could impact hundreds of cities and localities in Florida.
The history of this battle is interesting as the state’s own minimum wage was raised as a result of municipalities wanting a minimum wage higher than the federal one. Florida’s minimum wage is $8.25 an hour and it may go up each year based on changes in the Consumer Price Index but for some higher cost-of-living places that’s not enough. The Miami Beach City Commission decided in 2016 to give a raise to the lowest wage workers in the city but a circuit judge overturned the city ordinance.
Still, all this does not mean that employers are required to post Florida’s minimum wage requirements.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has released a minimum wage poster for 2019 though it is not required by law to post. Nevertheless, if the information on the poster is relevant to your employees you may choose to hang it where they can see it. The notice to employees about the minimum wage in Florida is available in English, Spanish, and Kreyol. The new minimum wage is $8.46 per hour, effective January 1, 2019, with a minimum wage of at least $5.44 for tipped employees, in addition to tips.
While the minimum wage poster is not a mandatory posting, RT-83 from the Florida Department of Revenue and the “Florida Law Prohibits Discrimination Poster” from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity are. The RT-83 notifies employees that their employer is registered with the FDR as an employer and outlines the key points of Florida’s Reemployment Assistance Program:
- Employees are covered by the Reemployment Assistance Program, and
- Reemployment taxes finance the benefits paid to eligible unemployed workers, and
- The taxes are paid by the employer and cannot, by law, be deducted from employee wages.