Minimum Wage Will Go Up On New Year's Day

If you are a minimum wage worker in Florida you pay will be going up 24 cents an hour starting January 1, 2006 ( three months from now).

Florida's minimum wage will be $6.40 per hour effective January 1, 2006 for
all hours worked in Florida. This represents an increase of 25 cents over
the current state minimum wage of $6.15 per hour. Florida's minimum wage
was created in a constitutional amendment approved by voters in November, 2004.

All employees in the state covered by the federal minimum wage are included in Florida's minimum wage program.

The increase in the minimum wage this year represents a 4 percent change 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, 2005. Florida's new minimum wage will be $1.25 more than the current $5.15 federal minimum wage.

For "tipped employees" meeting eligibility requirements for the tip credit
under the FLSA, employers may count tips actually received as wages under
the FLSA, but the employer must pay "tipped employees" a direct wage of $3.38 on January 1, 2006.

FLSA information and compliance assistance can be found at: