Florida's lowest-paid workers just got a few more pennies in their pocket. Six cents, to be exact.
Florida's minimum wage is rising from $7.25 to $7.31 per hour effective today, while tipped workers will see minimum pay rise from $4.23 to $4.29 an hour.
The uptick is the aftermath of a successful lawsuit challenging the way the state calculates minimum wage changes.
The suit filed by the National Employment Law Project and Florida Legal Services said the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI) had used an erroneous formula in calculating annual adjustments in the minimum wage, instead of using the method required by the Florida Constitution, which reflects a cost-of-living increase.
"This will result in over $28 million more earned and spent in the local economy this year," said Jose Rodriguez, a lawyer with Florida Legal Services.
Jeff Harrington, Times staff writer