A New Minimum Wage, Again

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to an established minimum wage. Employees should earn overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times […]

Florida Law for Employers & Tipped Employees

Rules on tip credits, tip pooling & more Many employees in Florida earn tips, including those who wait tables, serve and mix drinks, open doors, carry luggage, clean hotel rooms, or provide other services, from moving furniture to delivering newspapers. If you receive tips as part of your compensation, your legal rights under wage laws […]

Can I be fired for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim?

In a word, “no”. Under Florida law, employers are prohibited from discharging, threatening to discharge, intimidating, or coercing employees because they made or attempted to make a workers’ compensation claim. In fact, Florida law “is not only intended to punish employers who discharge an employee for having filed a workers’ compensation claim, but is also […]

Protecting Women (and Men) Against Unequal Pay

Both federal and state laws protect against wage discrimination based on sex. The Florida Equal Pay Act (EPA) was enacted in 1963, as an amendment to the existing Fair Labor Standards Act. It requires employers to compensate males and females equally if they perform the same work. The statute was passed primarily to address wage […]

I’m owed wages. What are my rights?

Does your employer owe you wages? According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), when the regular payday for the last pay period you worked has passed and you have not been paid, you may contact the Department of Labor. It may be surprising to learn that your employer has in fact, no certain time […]