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EMPLOYMENT HANDBOOK:

Minimum Wage

Florida’s current minimum wage rate is $8.25.

Overtime

Florida labor laws do not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. 

Meals and Breaks

Florida labor laws require employers to grant a meal period of at least 30 minutes to employees under the age of 18 who work for more than 4 hours continuously. 

Florida does not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees 18 years of age or older, thus the federal rule applies. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than 20 minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually 30 minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. 

Vacation Leave

Florida has no laws requiring employers to provide employees with vacation benefits, either paid or unpaid. Florida’s Legislature and its courts are silent regarding any obligation an employer may have regarding vacation leave, including whether an employer must pay an employee accrued vacation leave upon separation from employment. Due to the silence of Florida authorities on the matter of vacation leave, it is likely employers are free to establish the vacation leave policy of their choosing. An employer would be required to comply with the terms of a valid employment contract containing vacation leave provisions.

Holiday Leave

Florida law does not require private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. In Florida, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

State holidays

The following list contains the state holidays recognized by Florida.

  • Sunday

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday (January 15)

  • Robert E. Lee’s Birthday (January 19)

  • Lincoln’s Birthday (February 12)

  • Susan B. Antony’s Birthday (February 15)

  • Washington’s Birthday (3rd Monday in February)

  • Good Friday (usually falls in March or April)

  • Pascua Florida Day (April 2)

  • Confederate Memorial Day (April 26)

  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)

  • Jefferson Davis’s Birthday (June 3)

  • Flag Day (June 14)

  • Independence Day (July 4)

  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)

  • Columbus Day (2nd Monday in October)

  • Farmers’ Day (2nd Monday in October)

  • Veterans Day (November 11)

  • General Election Day

  • Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November)

  • Christmas Day (December 25)

  • Shrove Tuesday (“Mardi Gras” – in countries where carnival associations are organized for celebrating the holiday)

If a legal holiday falls on a Sunday (other than Sundays), it is observed on the following Monday. FL Statute 683.01

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