When it comes to the minimum wage, cities and states across the nation have recently made remarkable strides, with workers struggling to make ends meet in otherwise difficult positions now finding themselves with slightly larger checks at the end of each pay period.
It used to be that after a late flight, night on the town or any sort of car trouble that a person's first call was to a local taxi service to arrange a ride, something that could result in a considerable wait. Things have changed, however, thanks to the proliferation of ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber, which rely on a large network of freelance drivers to make quick customer pickups.
In today's post, our blog will conclude our ongoing discussion of what our state's child labor laws have to say in relation to those 16- and 17-year-olds who have found jobs or are actively searching for them.
A few months back, our blog discussed the minimum wage laws here in Florida, including the amounts for tipped and non-tipped employees alike, and the obligations of employers.
It goes without saying that on Friday mornings, most people are not just looking forward to planning for the upcoming weekend, but also cashing their hard-earned paychecks.
As we have previously discussed in this Broward County Employment Law Blog, several Florida counties have enacted or worked on local ordinances regarding wages and sick time. In Miami-Dade and Broward counties, ordinances exist that require companies that work with the counties to pay workers wages that are higher than the federal minimum wage. In Orange County, a bill has been introduced that would require many businesses to offer paid sick time to employees. The Florida House has now passed a bill that would prevent county governments from enacting such ordinances.
The recent spike in wage theft cases in Florida has been a frequent topic on this employment law blog. Of course, one of the most common methods of wage theft is failing to pay workers properly for overtime hours. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers must pay non-exempt workers time and one half for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a week.
The debate over the right to paid sick leave in Orange County, Florida, is growing more controversial and confusing by the day.
There is little that is more frustrating to employees than putting in your hours at work and not being properly paid. More and more South Florida residents may be feeling this aggravation as wage and overtime violations are apparently spiking across the country.
It is very important that all Broward County employers understand how both federal and Florida state wage and hour laws effect their payroll. Sometimes, smaller businesses have trouble navigating these statutes. This is for a number of reasons including the fact that small businesses usually have an owner that must wear many hats, including those of accountant and human resources manager. Additionally, the roles can be more casual in small business or in personal contractor relationships, which can lead employment issues to fall by the wayside.