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There 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 this page for the latest updates regarding the fight.

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This effort, known publicly in Florida, as Amendment 2 (2020) – Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage, is an attempt to amend our state’s constitution in order to increase Florida’s minimum wage to $15/hour. If passed, this would have a devastating effect on businesses, decrease job opportunities, and raise prices for consumers. We CAN defeat this initiative, but we need your support to do it. Please invest in the effort to educate others on the true impact of Amendment 2. Your support will help defeat Amendment 2 and Save Florida Jobs.

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Proposed Measures

HR 582 (U.S. House)

This proposal would raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2024 and would completely eliminate the tip credit. It passed the U.S. House on July 18, 2019, and will move on to the U.S. Senate for consideration there.

Citizen Ballot Initiative in Florida

A group of Florida citizens is working to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the 2020 ballot. This initiative does not address the tip credit, which is currently frozen by the state’s constitution at $3.02 an hour. If passed, this amendment would result in a $15/hour minimum wage and an $11.98 required cash wage by 2026.

Yearly Wage Minimum Wage % Increase of Minimum Wage Required Cash Wage % Increase of Required Cash Wage
2020 Wage $8.56 Current $5.54 (8.56-3.02) Current
2021 Wage $10.00 16.82% $6.98 (10.00-3.02) 25.99%
2022 Wage $11.00 10.00% $7.98 (11.00-3.02) 14.33%
2023 Wage $12.00 9.09% $8.98 (12.00-3.02) 12.53%
2024 Wage $13.00 8.33% $9.98 (13.00-3.02) 11.14%
2025 Wage $14.00 7.69% $10.98 (14.00-3.02) 10.02%
2026 Wage $15.00 7.14% $11.98 (15.00-3.02) 9.11%

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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

 

How do you expect workers to support a family on $8.46/hour?

Minimum wage jobs are often entry-level positions, and they therefore earn a training wage. These jobs are designed for those entering the workforce, learning the craft, building skills and opening doors for future opportunities. Through initiative and hard work, most entry-level employees quickly advance beyond the minimum wage.

 

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.

 

How can I talk about this with my employees?

FRLA is holding forums around the state, and we are actively working to help employers discuss this topic. You can find some talking points here.

 

Why is tipping/tip credit important?

Many struggle to understand the importance of tipping, and how it actually works. Visit WhyTippingWorks.com to explore the importance of the tipping system. You can also watch an informational video here.


Minimum Wage In The News

FMS Solutions shares food for thought on increased minimum wage September 29, 2020

Sen. Gruters, Rep. Sprowls announce opposition to Ballot Amendment 2 September 29, 2020

Florida’s minimum wage proposal September 28, 2020

Incoming Florida House speaker and republican state senator to oppose $15 minimum wage at Monday press conference September 28, 2020

Amendment 2: Supporters, opponents of a $15 minimum wage square off ahead of election September 28, 2020

Could a $15 minimum wage backfire if passed? September 25, 2020

Florida voters to decide fate on raising minimum wage to $15 September 24, 2020

Pro-business organizations urge Florida voters to reject ballot amendment 2 September 24, 2020

Emoji-Meter: Ron DeSantis, $15 minimum wage and more September 24, 2020

Florida farms, retailers, home builders and convenience stores, among other small businesses, urge voters to oppose ballot Amendment 2 September 24, 2020

Gregory forms committee to fight Amendment 2 September 24, 2020

$15 minimum wage would cripple hospitality industry September 24, 2020

Florida’s hospitality industry creates opportunity: Amendment 2 kills it September 23, 2020

Tommy Gregory launches political committee opposing $15 minimum wage September 22, 2020

Some fear consequences of raising minimum wage September 22, 2020

Amendment 2 proponents and opponents discuss $15 minimum wage Thursday September 22, 2020

Amendment 2: Some restaurant owners fear consequences of raising minimum wage to $15 September 22, 2020

What Amendment 2 means for businesses, employees September 21, 2020

‘This is the worst time possible to do something like this’ says business owner against Amendment 2 September 21, 2020

Raising the minimum wage would be a disaster September 20, 2020

Can Florida restaurants survive a minimum wage pay bump? September 19, 2020

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association launches wage calculator revealing how a $15 minimum wage will impact businesses September 18, 2020

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association launches wage calculator to show impacts of $15 wage hike September 18, 2020

Florida TaxWatch releases voter guide for 2020 amendments: Vote No on 2 September 17, 2020

Smacks Burgers & Shakes closing over COVID-19, Amendment 2 concerns September 17, 2020

Who (actually) earns minimum wage? September 17, 2020

Florida Chamber of Commerce, unsurprisingly, comes out against $15 minimum wage amendment September 16, 2020

Vote no on Amendment 2 and explore better minimum wage alternatives September 15, 2020

Study: Raising minimum wage would hurt Florida’s small businesses, low-skilled workers September 14, 2020

Economists: Raising minimum wage will destroy over 150,000 jobs in Florida September 10, 2020

Florida’s minimum wage could nearly double September 10, 2020

Amendment 2 Hurts You September 10, 2020

In Case You Missed It: Florida Taxwatch Releases analysis of Amendment 2 – Florida’s $15 Minimum Wage Initiative September 09, 2020

Why Joe Biden’s pledge to end the tipped minimum wage is a big deal September 08, 2020

Study: raising minimum wage would hurt Florida’s small businesses, low skilled workers September 08, 2020

Florida TaxWatch: Minimum wage initiative ‘detrimental’ to small businesses, low skilled workers September 08, 2020

Minimum wage could rise to $10 per hour if amendment passes in November September 08, 2020

What would a $15 minimum wage mean for Florida’s economy? September 07, 2020

Florida’s six constitutional amendment proposals, for your consideration September 03, 2020

Florida voters should take heed as federal data warns of a jobless workforce with ballot Amendment 2 September 02, 2020

The push for a $15 minimum wage in in Florida is on and these are the groups leading the fight September 02, 2020

Minimum wage increase for Floridians on November ballot September 01, 2020

Florida hotel general manager shares how Arizona’s minimum wage increase motivated her to move across the country September 01, 2020

Connecticut’s minimum wage rising to $12, a boost to workers but a cost to business amid pandemic August 30, 2020

Wait on wage hike August 29, 2020

CURTIS GARDNER: Let’s talk about the reality of minimum wage laws August 27, 2020

Thomas Aiello: Doubling Florida’s Minimum Wage Will Devastate Family-run Small Businesses August 26, 2020

VIDEO: California Town Sees Businesses Vanish Following Minimum Wage Hike August 25, 2020

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association fears one out of three restaurants could close if minimum wage amendment passes August 25, 2020

Battle over minimum wage ballot measure begins August 24, 2020

Restaurant owner says minimum wage raise could hurt small business August 24, 2020

Florida’s hospitality industry cautions against minimum wage hike during pandemic August 24, 2020

Influential Florida lobbying group calls proposed $15 minimum wage a ‘disastrous idea after COVID’ August 24, 2020

Florida small business owners and employees say: Ballot Amendment 2 Hurts You August 20, 2020

Critics face uphill battle against minimum wage increase, warn it may cripple hospitality industry August 20, 2020

Minimum Wage Hike WWSB Newscast August 20, 2020

Minimum wage hike will raise income but cut jobs, CBO report says August 17, 2020

Top NYC restaurateurs back reopening plan with focus on eliminating tipped minimum wage August 06, 2020

Target’s decision to raise wages may work for retailer; it won’t work for all employers August 05, 2020

Minimum Wage Cost Me My Job July 13, 2020

FRLA President and CEO Carol Dover Discusses Florida Minimum Wage Amendment with Ed Dean July 13, 2020

Biden says he’ll kill the tip credit, hike minimum wage to $15 July 10, 2020

Illinois’ minimum wage increase comes at a tough time for small business July 02, 2020

Opinion: $15 minimum wage is good for Target, bad for others June 26, 2020

Why John Morgan’s $15 minimum wage doesn’t make cents June 17, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic halts fight over $15 minimum wage, for now June 16, 2020

Coronavirus may throw wrench into minimum wage amendment, restaurant industry claims June 10, 2020

Opinion|Push for $15-an-hour minimum wage won’t help Florida economy recover from COVID-19  May 27, 2020

Minimum wage laws will weaken recovery April 30, 2020

Economic recovery and minimum wages April 28, 2020

Potential Boulder County minimum wage, tax hikes lose steam as focus turns to coronavirus response and recovery April 6, 2020

Coming minimum wage hike will hurt Nevada’s comeback April 3, 2020

Raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage will cause maximum damage March 15, 2020

John Stossel, former Fox Business host, advocates for limited government at Argus Foundation event in Lakewood Ranch March 13, 2020

Wage hike about to hit taxpayers in Reno March 6, 2020

Waging War: Former CEO Blasts Dems’ Minimum Wage Proposal February 25, 2020

Danville business owners say $15-an-hour minimum wage would lead to eliminations of jobs February 22, 2020

AZ Minimum wage hike continues to challenge small businesses in rural areas February 20, 2020

Over 6 million individuals off food stamps since Trump took office February 17, 2020

The Unintended Consequences of Arizona’s Minimum Wage Increases February 14, 2020

$15 Minimum Wage Fight to be Decided in November. Is Southwest Florida Ready? February 13, 2020

The Fight Against 15: Opponents of $15 Minimum Wage Increase February 8, 2020

Florida’s Tourism Industry Sets up PAC to Fight John Morgan’s $15 Minimum Wage Amendment on 2020 Ballot February 6, 2020

Why Restaurant Workers Are Protesting New York’s Minimum Wage Plan February 5, 2020

Letter: Minimum Wage Was Never Meant to be a “Living Wage” February 3, 2020

Job Killer: Minimum Wage Bill Could Have “Devastating” Impact on Small Businesses January 31, 2020

Orlando Airport Workers Push for $15, as Aviation Authority ‘Defers Action’ on Living Wage January 29, 2020

In Central Poland, Robots Replace People as Minimum Wage Rises January 23, 2020

Home Depot Co-Founder Bernie Marcus Challenges CEOs to Fight U.S. Flirtation with Socialism January 21, 2020

St. Pete Brewery Hosts Forum on 2020 Ballot Initiative of Raising Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour January 20, 2020

$15 Per Hour Federal Minimum Wage Could Cost Almost $4M Jobs January 1, 2020

This restaurant worker says she’s lost 3 jobs due to minimum wage increases December 27, 2019

$15 Minimum Wage Amendment Makes 2020 Florida Ballot December 19, 2019

Sacramento Restaurants Closing Due To Imminent Minimum Wage Increase December 15, 2019

Small Business and the Fight for $15 December 15, 2019

Raise Florida’s Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour? Here’s Who Gains and Who Loses December 13, 2019

Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt the Poor More Than They Help December 12, 2019

Seattle’s Wage Mandate Kills Restaurants December 12, 2019

$15 Minimum Wage Could Create a ‘Fiscal Cliff’ for Low-Income Families Relying on Childcare Subsidies December 2, 2019

Michael Saltsman: $15 Minimum Wage Hurting (Not Helping) Restaurants, Workers as More States Prepare to Hike November 19, 2019

John Morgan’s Minimum Wage Amendment Will Cost People Jobs and Benefits November 13, 2019

Pinellas County Beach Business Owners Speak Up Against $15 Minimum Wage Proposal November 8, 2019

DeSantis: Minimum Wage Constitutional Amendment Will Devastate the Restaurant Industry October 30, 2019

Colorado restaurateurs threaten to sue if Denver increases minimum wage October 30, 2019

Gov. DeSantis criticizes minimum wage proposal October 28, 2019

Millionaire Fighting for Higher Minimum Wage: “I have one last crusade in me.” October 17, 2019

Target accidentally proves the case against the $15 minimum wage October 14, 2019

Target raised wages. But some workers say their hours were cut, leaving them struggling October 14, 2019

Target Cuts Workers’ Hours After Vowing to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 by 2020 October 14, 2019

How the $15-an-hour Minimum Wage Will Hurt the People It’s Supposed to Help October 7, 2019

Hospitality Industry Head Carol Dover Says Minimum Wage Was Never Intended To Be a Living Wage October 3, 2019

Jeffrey Schofield: Don’t Believe False Promises on $15 Minimum Wage October 2, 2019

Celebrated Seattle restaurant to close, killed by rising costs and minimum wage October 1, 2019

Hotel and Restaurant Trade Group ‘Deeply Offended’ by John Morgan’s ‘Slave Wages’ Comparison September 30, 2019

What Happened When These Places Raised the Minimum Wage to $15 September 25, 2019

Florida Minimum Wage Measure Tops 700,00 Signatures September 20, 2019

What a $15 Minimum Wage Would Mean for the Restaurant Industry September 19, 2019

Servers Could be Hurt by Minimum Wage Proposal September 16, 2019

Tip or Not: House Minimum Wage Bill Eliminates Second Tier, Ignites Age-Old Debate September 8, 2019

$15 Minimum Wage – Apps, Order Kiosks and Robots Will Make it Irrelevant For the Fast Food Industry September 1, 2019

$15 Hour Minimum Wage, FRLA Hosts Info Session August 28, 2019

Minimum Wage Boost Concerns Restaurant Owners August 28, 2019

Fellow Lawmakers: Your Minimum Wage Bills Only Hurt Our Country August 27, 2019

As Minimum Wages Rise, Hotels, Industrial, Retail are Feeling the Pressure August 25, 2019

If Restaurant Servers Get a Minimum Wage Hike, Should You Still Tip 20 Percent? August 20, 2019

Lenny Rosenberg, Restaurant Industry Guru, Discusses the “Minimum Wage Twilight Zone” August 19, 2019

John Morgan Adds $1M to Florida Minimum Wage Fight August 12, 2019

Adjust Minimum Wage Bill: The Legislation is Necessary But Needs Tweaks August 11, 2019

NYC Restaurant Owners Cut Staff, Raise Prices to Counter $15 Minimum Wage August 9, 2019

New York City Businesses Struggle to Keep Up After $15 Minimum Wage Increase August 6, 2019

Why Minimum Wage Laws Are Inside Out and Upside Down August 3, 2019

Higher Minimum Wage or Unemployed? August 2, 2019

Should the Federal Minimum Wage be Raised to $15 Per Hour? August 2, 2019

The Complexities of the $15 Minimum Wage August 1, 2019

The Dream of a $15 Minimum Wage Gets a Reality Check From Inflation July 27, 2019

$15 Minimum Wage Won’t Reverse Growing Inequality July 26, 2019

House Votes to Raise Minimum Wage, McConnell Stifles it in Senate July 25, 2019

Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt Those They’re Supposed to Help July 25, 2019

A $15 Minimum Wage Would Drown Middle America July 24, 2019

John Morgan Launches Full-Throated Campaign for Minimum Wage Amendment July 23, 2019

A Huge Majority of Americans Want a $15 Minimum Wage, But They Waver After Hearing Its Economic Impact July 18, 2019

Celebrity Chef Rocco DiSpirito: $15 Minimum Wage is a ‘Real Conundrum’ for Everyone July 18, 2019

The Unintended Consequences of Raising Minimum Wage To $15 July 10, 2019

$15 Minimum Wage Would Reduce Poverty Cost but Cost Jobs, Congress Told in Report July 8, 2019

$15 Minimum Wage Would Boost 17 Million Workers, Cut 1.3 Million Jobs, CBO Says July 8, 2019

Minimum Wage Ballot Effort Raises Concern June 26, 2019

A $15 an Hour Minimum Wage? The Hospitality Industry Simply Cannot Afford It June 25, 2019

The $15 Minimum Wage Will Put Me Out of Business June 21, 2019

California Is Beginning To Feel The Negative Side Of Minimum Wage Hikes May 4, 2019

Most economists oppose the $15-an-hour minimum wage – Here’s the stunning reason why March 2019

Restaurateurs Are Scrambling to Cut Service and Raise Prices After Minimum Wage Hike February 19, 2019

National $15 minimum wage a mistake to avoid January 14, 2019

The Pitfalls Of Fighting For $15 in Florida October 18, 2017

New Study Suggests Minimum Wage Leads To Automation Of Low-Skill Workers August 27, 2017

Wendy’s is responding to the rising minimum wage by replacing humans with robots March 3, 2017


What is FRLA doing to address the threat to our industry?

FRLA is actively engaging with state and industry leaders on this issue, ensuring that they clearly understand the impact on both our industry and our state. In addition, we are:

  • Actively communicating with members and potential members via email, mail, social media, and telephone
  • Hosting round-table discussions around the state
  • Writing to our legislative delegation to ensure they hear how these proposals will impact the hospitality industry
  • Forging partnerships with other industries who will also be negatively impacted by a $15/hour minimum wage
  • Assembling a task force to help educate the public about the negative effects of a $15/hour minimum wage
  • Hosting minimum wage experts at FRLA meetings
  • Writing op-eds for news outlets across the state