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Florida’s Minimum Wage Increases to $11.00 Per Hour at Month-End

September 12, 2022

By: Rachel Gebaide

Effective September 30, 2022, the minimum wage in Florida will increase to $11.00 per hour from its current rate of $10.00 per hour. The tipped minimum wage in Florida will increase to $7.98 per hour from its current rate of $6.98 per hour.

The increases stem from a state constitutional amendment, approved by Florida voters in November 2020, to raise the state minimum wage to $15.00 by 2026 for employees working in Florida.

Florida’s minimum wage will increase by $1.00 each year on September 30th until the minimum wage reaches $15.00.

Employers may continue to take a $3.02 tip credit towards the minimum wage payable to their tipped employees working in Florida.

The following schedule sets forth the timeline of minimum wage increases to assist employers with Florida employees with planning and budgeting:

Effective DateFull Minimum WageTipped Minimum Wage
September 30, 2022$11.00$7.98
September 30, 2023$12.00$8.98
September 30, 2024$13.00$9.98
September 30, 2025$14.00$10.98
September 30, 2026$15.00$11.98

On September 30, 2027, and each September 30th thereafter, the state will calculate the new minimum wage that will take effect January 1st of the following year based on the consumer price index.

Employers need to prepare now for any necessary updates to their payroll systems to ensure employees are paid correctly for all hours worked beginning September 30, 2022.

This article is informational only. You should consult an attorney before acting or failing to act. Consult a Lowndes attorney if you wish to establish an attorney/client relationship.

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. 

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