Miami Beach Minimum Wage Law Goes to Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed in a split decision, by a 4-3 vote, to decide the City of Miami Beach’s second appeal of a lower court’s decision declaring invalid the city’s proposed local minimum wage law. Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara J. Pariente, R. Fred Lewis, Peggy A. Quince, and Jorge Labarga voted on…

EEOC: Age Discrimination in Hiring Remains a Significant Barrier for Older Workers

Fifty years after Congress prohibited discrimination in the workplace on the basis of age, more than three-fourths of older American workers surveyed have reported that their age was an obstacle in getting a job. Six out of every 10 older workers have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace, and 90 percent of those…

Supreme Court Approves Class Action Waivers in the Workplace

In a much awaited decision, the United States Supreme Court has decided, by a 5-to-4 vote, that employment agreements requiring out-of-court private arbitration of workplace wage disputes, and prohibiting group class lawsuits in court, are valid and enforceable. More than half of private-sector employers have mandatory arbitration procedures, and 30 percent of these include class…

Gay Rights Advocates Score an Important Win in a Federal Appeals Court

In a major victory for gay rights advocates, an influential federal appeals court has decided that the principal federal law against employment discrimination protects gay as well as heterosexual employees. The federal Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in Manhattan, decided in the case of Zarda v. Altitude Express, Inc. on February 26 that…

Should Customer Tips Belong to Employers Rather Than to Servers and Bartenders?

Should restaurant wait staff and bartenders get to keep customer tips — or should the tips belong instead to their employers? Under current law the employees get to keep the tips, but under President Trump the United States Department of Labor (DOL) is considering a proposed new rule reversing existing practice. If a proposed new…

Time to Update Florida Minimum Wage Poster for 2018 – up to $8.25 an hour

Florida’s state minimum wage rises 15 cents to $8.25 an hour on January 1, 2018, an increase from $8.10 an hour in 2017. Florida law requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to calculate a minimum wage rate each year. The annual calculation is based on the percentage increase in the federal Consumer Price Index…

Florida Reemployment Tax Rate to Remain at its Lowest in 2018 for Third Year in a Row

Florida businesses will continue to pay a low rate for reemployment taxes next year for the third year in a row. The minimum tax rate will remain at $7.00 per employee in 2018. More than 60 percent of Florida’s employers will pay the minimum tax rate, which is the highest number of employers at the…

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…