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December 29, 2011

Florida minimum wage increases with new year

Live Oak — The Florida minimum wage is set to increase 4.9 percent, on Jan. 1, from $7.31 to $7.67 per hour, with a minimum wage of at least $4.65 for tipped employees, in addition to tips.

Florida law requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to calculate a minimum wage rate each year based on a formula already in place. On Nov. 2, 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment which created Florida’s minimum wage.

According to the FDEO, the direct wage that tipped employees receive is calculated by using the minimum wage, $7.67, minus the 2003 tip credit, $3.02, for a direct hourly wage of $4.65.  

Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners approved unanimously at their last regular meeting, on Dec. 20, to extend all salary ranges to avoid compression.

According to County Coordinator Joe Gerrity, the minimum wage increase will only affect those making minimum wage.

“This does not mean that people will be getting salary increases. It means just expanding the ranges to accommodate the compression that would happen otherwise,” Gerrity explained to the BOCC.

Live Oak City Administrator Bob Farley said that the city employees will not be affected by the minimum wage increase.

“All current employee salaries start above minimum wage,” he said.

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