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 for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers in the South Region for the 12-month period prior to September 1, 2017.

The Florida minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 an hour. Employers must pay their employees the hourly state minimum wage for all hours worked in Florida.

An employer may not retaliate against an employee for exercising his or her right to receive the minimum wage. Employees who are not paid the minimum wage may bring a civil action against the employer or any person violating Florida’s minimum wage law. The state attorney general may also bring a court action to enforce the minimum wage.

Florida Statutes require employers who must pay their employees the Florida minimum wage to post a minimum wage notice in a conspicuous and accessible place in each establishment where these employees work. This poster requirement is in addition to the federal requirement to post a notice of the federal minimum wage.

Florida’s minimum wage poster is available for downloading free of charge in English, Spanish, and Creole from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website. Click on the link for the Florida minimum wage poster.

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