The Fair Labor Standards Act sets mandatory minimum wage rates and requires most employees, who are known as “non-exempt,” to receive overtime pay for each hour worked over 40 in a single workweek.
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the Florida minimum wage rests at $8.05 per hour. Employers are required to pay their workers the higher minimum wage, either federal or state. For tipped employees, Florida employers must pay a direct hourly wage of $5.03.
If your employer is not paying you at least the Florida minimum wage, you may have an unpaid minimum wage claim.
For example, if your employer refuses to pay you anything for you final week of work, you have been paid below the Florida minimum wage and may have a minimum wage claim.
Exceptions to Minimum Wage Law
Workers under the age of 20 may be paid $4.25 per hour during their first 90 days of employment. After this introductory period, the employee must be paid at least minimum wage.
Likewise, some full-time students, apprentices and disabled workers may be paid less than minimum wage under special circumstances outlined by the Department of Labor.