By: Santiago J. Padilla, Esq.
Violations of the minimum wage and overtime pay provsions are occurring in every sector, including large and small companies. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor found violations of the minimum wage, ovetime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (the "FLSA") by two subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Co., resulting in back wage payments of over $3.8 million to over 16,000 employees.
The specific violations included the deduction of a uniform expense that caused the hourly rates of some employees to fall below the federal minimum wage, as well as the failure to compensate employees for certain pre-shift work.
Under the FLSA, the minimum wage in Florida is $8.10 per hour. This is greater than the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The minimum wage applies to most employees in Florida, with limited exceptions including tipped employee (who must be paid a minimum cash wage of $5.08), some student workers, and other exempt occupations.
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If you have any questions regarding wages and hours or any other employment law matter, please contact Santiago J. Padilla at 1-800-483-7197.