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Miami Beach Minimum Wage Ordinance Held Invalid by a Second Court

Miami Beach’s audacious effort to give the city its own minimum wage law has crashed and burned in court for a second time, in an appeal. The Miami Beach City Commission had voted unanimously last year to create a new citywide minimum wage proposed by Mayor Philip Levine that was higher than both the state…

State Approves a 9.8% Decrease to Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Premiums for Employers

State Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has ordered a 9.8 percent decrease in the premiums that private employers pay for workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. The new rates will apply to both new and renewal workers’ compensation insurance policies effective in Florida as of January 1, 2018. “The Office will continue to monitor the marketplace…

New I-9 Form Must be Used by Employers Starting September 18, 2017

Employers are required to use the new version of the Form I-9 (dated 07/17/17) for all new employees beginning on Sept. 18, 2017. Although the changes to the Form I-9 are minimal, failure to use the new form can result in significant fines. The new form, provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services…

President Trump Scraps Obama Rule That Would Have Required More Gender, Race, And Ethnicity Pay Data To Be Collected

In one of a continuing series of actions moving away from the prior administration’s labor law policies, President Trump has canceled a requirement that employers provide the federal government additional gender, race, and ethnicity information about their compensation practices. The Obama Administration had approved a new policy on September 29, 2016, requiring employers with 100…

Florida Workers’ Compensation Premiums Going Up By 14.5%

Florida employers should expect a 14.5 percent increase in their workers’ compensation insurance premiums based on a new appellate court decision. The increase should become effective soon, unless another appeal is filed with the state Supreme Court. Florida’s First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee approved the increase on May 9 after, by coincidence, the…

Miami Beach Minimum Wage Law Ruled Invalid

Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine’s campaign to establish a higher minimum wage for his city has run into a judicial roadblock, as a Miami judge has declared the local wage ordinance illegal and unenforceable. Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Peter R. Lopez ruled on March 27 that the Miami Beach ordinance that had established a separate…

Florida’s Minimum Wage Increases a Little Bit for 2017

While the federal minimum wage remains stuck — since 2009 — at $7.25 an hour, Florida’s own state minimum wage has increased to $8.10 for 2017. It had been $8.05 an hour. Of the 21 states that have raised their minimum wages for 2017, Florida is one of four that increased the existing minimum wage…

Obama Administration to Appeal Ruling Prohibiting New Overtime Pay Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor‎ will appeal a recent nationwide injunction that blocked the implementation of a new overtime pay rule that had been set to take effect on December 1. The DOL said it would appeal to the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans a November decision by U.S. District Judge Amos…

Obama’s New “White Collar” Overtime Rules Blocked by Texas Federal Judge

A federal judge in Sherman, Texas, has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the implementation of new Obama Administration “white collar” exemption rules. The new rules were set to take effect on December 1, and would have expanded by more than four million the number of American workers entitled to receive overtime pay. The Department…

New Form I-9 Required for Employers as of January 22, 2017

Employers may obtain and start using the new I-9 “Employment Eligibility Verification” federal government form for their employees now, but must start doing so no later than Sunday, January 22, 2017. On that date, all previous versions of Form I-9 will be deemed invalid. After January 21, 2017, employers must use only the revised Form I-9…

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