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MINIMUM WAGE

Minimum Wage Alert!

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here is a push to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour on several fronts. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association opposes such a drastic increase as it would be devastating to the hospitality industry, which is critical in the Sunshine State. Stay tuned to FRLA.org/minimum-wage for the latest updates regarding the fight.

Frequently Asked Questions Florida’s hospitality industry is strong. Will $15/hour really force all businesses to close? All businesses? Certainly not. But in order to keep doors open, business owners will be forced to make changes to accommodate a 77% increase in labor costs. These changes include: » Reducing the number of employees » Reducing the number of hours employees work » Increasing automation in place of employees » Increasing costs for customers

» Replacing tipped employees with hourly employees » Eliminating entry-level positions Tipped employees in Florida only make $5.44/hour. No one can survive off that. Most tipped employees earn far more than the minimum wage of $8.46/hour, and many make more than $15/hour. If a mandatory $15/hour minimum wage is passed, businesses will move away from a tipped employee and towards automation or hourly employees. See photos for how automation would look.

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Why does FRLA oppose a $15/hour minimum wage? Don’t you think employees should be well-paid? FRLA knows that our state’s hospitality workers are literally the face of the tourism industry, and they are the ones who create memorable experiences that keep visitors coming back for generations. We believe they deserve fair and competitive wages. However, a 77% increase in labor cost is not sustainable for any business, and we want to protect hospitality jobs. In order to address such dramatic cost increases, businesses will cut employee hours and increase automation.

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