Tampa, Florida (PRWEB) January 09, 2013
The wage and hour lawyers at Morgan and Morgan are announcing that the minimum wage in Florida has increased to $7.79 as of Jan. 1, 2013, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The rate for tipped employees has also increased 12 cents to $4.77 per hour. The new minimum wage is the result of a cost-of-living increase, a Dec. 31 PNJ.com article reports.
In 2004, a state constitutional amendment was passed, mandating a minimum wage indexed to increases in the cost of living. By law, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity must recalculate the minimum rate annually, an adjustment which is tied to inflation, reports a Jan. 2 Sun Sentinel Article. Florida is among a handful of states that automatically index minimum wage rates every year.
PNJ reports that the small increase to the Florida minimum wage is likely to have the most effect for hourly hotel and restaurant workers, security guards, toll collectors and phone sales workers, among others.
The wage and hour attorneys at Morgan and Morgan are dedicated to ensuring that employees are paid at least the minimum wage for their work. Workers who are receiving less than $7.79 after Jan. 1 or have additional questions regarding their employee rights are invited to visit http://www.ForThePeople.com today. The attorneys at Morgan and Morgan are offering a free consultation to workers who suspect their rights have been violated.
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The employment law division at Morgan and Morgan is dedicated to protecting the rights afforded to employees under state and federal labor laws. They handle wage and hour cases through New York and the United States, as well as claims involving minimum wage violations, sexual harassment and workplace discrimination. If you suspect your employment rights have been violated, visit USOvertimeLawyers.com or ForThePeople.com today for a free case evaluation and information on your legal rights.