Item #1 –
Florida’s core minimum wage rate will increase to $8.46 per hour starting January 1, 2019.1 (This is up from $8.25 per hour in 2018.2) Florida’s rate exceeds the Federal $7.25 per hour rate, so Florida’s hourly rate prevails in-state.3 It should be noted that like all things legal there are exceptions to the minimum wage, such as the $5.44 per hour rate plus tips for tipped employees.4
It should be noted that there is a corresponding poster requirement related to the new minimum wage (as well as for workers’ compensation matters, the next subject of this piece).5
Please note that this brief update does not address the evolving topic of overtime requirements, which has been covered in this series previously and will undoubtedly be again.6
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Item #2 –
For the third year in succession, Florida’s general workers’ compensation rate will decrease7, effective on January 1, 2019 to a 13.8% decrease.8 That decrease is, on its face, a ‘plus’ for Florida’s businesses, but – as mentioned at the ‘top’ of this article – workers’ compensation insurance is highly complicated, with exceptions, historical reserves-based algorithms resulting in the critical ‘Mod Rate’9, periodic audits, and other generally fun stuff. Of the many areas with which a company must attend to on an ongoing basis, this is one which should certainly involve that company’s insurance agent and business attorney on a continuous and ongoing basis.10
Do not let the radio, cell phones, air conditioning, a heated discussion, or the passengers in your vehicle distract you from driving.
And an absolutely free holiday gift…While it is still a bit early, please recall that Florida business entities must file their 2019 Annual Reports before May 1 of each year.
And with that in mind…Happy New Year 2019! May it be a very successful one for ‘you and yours’!
7 See https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2018/11/07/506869.htm
8 https://www.floir.com/PressReleases/viewmediarelease.aspx?id=2242 and https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2018/11/13/507309.htm
11 https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/manage-business/efile/annual-report/. This year the online reports can be filed starting January 2, 2019. https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/.
– For more information, call Philip N. Kabler of the Gainesville, FL office of Bogin, Munns & Munns at 352.332.7688, where he practices in the areas of business, banking, real estate, and equine law. He has taught business and real estate law courses at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Warrington College of Business Administration. And is now the President-Elect of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association.
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