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Five Things to Know in Florida for July 19

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 19

DEATH SENTENCE FOR FLORIDA GIRL’S KILLER IS VACATED A former auto mechanic found guilty of strangling an 11-year-old Florida girl, whose abduction was captured by a security camera and whose case garnered worldwide attention, will receive a new sentencing trial. Circuit Judge Charles Roberts on Tuesday granted a part of Joseph Smith’s motion to vacate […]

Florida’s minimum wage on the rise again

Florida’s minimum wage on the rise again

Florida’s minimum wage went up to $8.10 an hour and $5.08 an hour for tipped employees as of Jan. 1. While not the $15 wage some groups have petitioned for, the increase brings the state 85 cents above the federal minimum wage. Florida is among 29 states and the District of Columbia that have a […]

Federal wage law extends overtime pay to millions of workers

Federal wage law extends overtime pay to millions of workers

Effective Dec. 1 federal employment law regarding overtime and wages will change dramatically, more than doubling the salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay for 4 million employees in the U.S. according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, employers are currently required to pay time and a half […]

Santa Rosa economic strategy focuses on tax growth

Santa Rosa economic strategy focuses on tax growth

High wages are getting relatively low priority in Santa Rosa’s effort to recruit new employers. Instead, the county’s current approach appears centered on building the tax base by subsidizing new jobs in employment sectors that produce a bigger bang in quantity than quality: retail outlets and call centers. That’s in part a response to public […]