2015 Minimum Wage in Florida and FLSA

As of January 1, 2015, the Florida minimum wage was raised by 12 cents an hour, bringing Florida’s minimum wage to $8.05. This increase makes Florida’s minimum wage 80 cents above the federal minimum wage.  Since Florida’s minimum wage and the federal minimum wage are different, the higher standard applies. This means the full-time minimum wage per week is $322.00 based on an eight hour work day before taxes. The rate may increase annually based on a cost of living formula. This is why there is a change from the 2014 Florida minimum wage rate.

The 12 cent rate increase also affects tipped employees in Florida. Tipped workers in Florida must now make $5.03 an hour. The cash wage or direct wage rate is the minimum required employer contribution towards a tipped employee’s hourly minimum wage. The “maximum tip credit” is the amount of tips one will need on top of the cash wage to make the minimum wage of $8.05 per hour. If a tipped employee does not receive sufficient tips in the workweek to reach the minimum wage for all hours worked that week, the employer must make up the difference by providing a tip credit.

Call Marrero & Wydler to determine if your business or employment is covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, FLSA, at (305) 446-5528. Minimum wage and overtime payments require individual and enterprise  coverage  by the FLSA for the violations to apply. Our experienced South Florida employment attorneys will provide a free initial consultation.