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Florida Adopts $15.00 Minimum Wage [The Employer Lawyers]

November 18, 2020

Lowndes attorneys Rachel D. Gebaide, Morey Raiskin and Rasheem Johnson discuss what employers need to know about Florida's minimum wage increase following approval of Amendment 2.


By: Rachel D. Gebaide, Morey Raiskin and Rasheem Johnson

On November 3, 2020, Florida voters approved Amendment 2, which raises the state minimum wage to $15.00.

The increase goes into effect over time, with the minimum wage increasing to $8.65, as planned, on January 1, 2021, and then increasing to $10.00 on September 30, 2021. Thereafter, the minimum wage will increase by $1.00 per year until the minimum wage reaches $15.00.

Florida employers may continue to take a $3.02 tip credit towards the minimum wage payable to their tipped employees.  [...]

This is an excerpt from a blog post originally written on The Employer Lawyers. To read the entire post, click here.


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Rachel

Rachel D. Gebaide is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and chair of the Labor and Employment Law Group. She is an experienced employment litigator and adviser, counseling companies in the management of their human resources issues.


Rachel regularly represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies in defending against claims involving allegations of employment discrimination and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and other employment laws. She also defends discrimination claims arising under the Fair Housing Act.  

In addition to her litigation practice, Rachel drafts and reviews employee handbooks, employment agreements, non-competition agreements, separation agreements, and other personnel documents. She regularly advises clients regarding workplace issues and compliance with the FMLA, FLSA, WARN Act, the Affordable Care Act, and other employment laws. Rachel also has extensive experience in conducting independent investigations. 

A frequent speaker, Rachel often writes articles on developing issues in labor and employment law for client-focused publications, legal industry news outlets, and the firm’s employment law blog

Rachel is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. She is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association, having served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee. Rachel is active in the Litigation and Employment Law Group of Meritas, a global alliance of independent law firms. 

She also serves as Executive Vice President of Congregation Ohev Shalom and Vice President, Legal of TOP Jewish Foundation. 

Morey

A Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator, Morey Raiskin works in the firm’s Labor & Employment Group.


Over the past 38 years, Morey has represented management of both large and small employers. He has successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts and represented clients in administrative proceedings involving the EEOC, DOL and FCHR. Morey also serves as an advisor to his clients, counseling them on virtually any workplace issue they may confront.

Morey develops non-compete and employment agreements, personnel policies, employment application forms, employee handbooks, and counsels clients on wage and hour, discrimination, WARN Act planning and union avoidance strategies. He litigates these same issues in state and federal courts or in administrative proceedings before the EEOC, U.S. Department of Labor or the Florida Commission on Human Relations.

Morey began practicing law in Las Vegas, Nevada, before moving to Orlando in 1984. In 1986, he accepted an in-house opportunity with a diversified publisher, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, eventually becoming Lead Labor and Employment Counsel and Administrative Vice President of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sea World. In 1990, Morey returned to private practice and has served in a myriad of roles, including as a shareholder and chair of the Labor and Employment Law Group at Lowndes from 1990—2012.


Rasheem

Rasheem Johnson is an attorney in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on assisting clients statewide with complex business and commercial litigation matters. He also has experience in land use and zoning law, particularly having worked on entitling projects for commercial, residential, industrial, office, and mixed uses.

Prior to law school, Rasheem worked as a small business banker at Chase in New York, helping clients understand their business finance goals and potential solutions.

A native of Queens, New York, with a passion for screenwriting and films, Rasheem currently serves on the board of directors for the Orlando Repertory Theater, which produces professional theater shows for families and young audiences.

Rasheem earned his undergraduate degree cum laude from Brooklyn College and his law degree cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. While in law school, he received two Book Awards in constitutional law and evidence and also served on the UF Law Trial Team. 


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