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Florida’s Minimum Wage Rises to $10.00 on September 30

September 20, 2021

By: Rachel Gebaide 

Effective September 30, 2021, the minimum wage in Florida will increase to $10.00 per hour from its current rate of $8.65 per hour. The increase stems from a state constitutional amendment, approved by Florida voters last November, 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, 2021$10.00$6.98
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.

Lowndes will continue to provide updates on any further develops or legislation relating to Florida’s minimum wage.

Please contact a member of our Labor & Employment Law Group for more information about Florida’s minimum wage or any other employment law matters.  Please also visit the firm’s employment law blog at www.theemployerlawyers.com for more information regarding employment law issues affecting companies.


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. 

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