Tough economic times are apparently no impediment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s decision to raise Florida’s minimum wage for a second time in six months - to a level above that of the Federal minimum wage.

This past June, Florida raised its minimum wage six cents from $7.25 an hour to$7.31 an hour, in response to a lawsuit filed against the State accusing the State of miscalculating its own minimum wage. Effective January 1, 2012,however, Florida’s minimum wage will be raised yet again to $7.67 per hour – an increase of 36¢ an hour. The Federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour.

For employers who take advantage of the Fair Labor Standards Act tip credit,the minimum direct wage for tipped employees, effective January 1, 2012, will be $4.65 per hour under Florida law.

The Florida mandated minimum wage notice, which must be posted in each workplace in a conspicuous and accessible place, will be updated. The poster will be available for downloading in English and in Spanish from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website – www.floridajobs.org.