TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – State Senator Jeff Brandes seeks to make a change to Florida minimum wage laws that would allow employers to offer “training wages” that are below the current state minimum wage.
Brandes, a Republican from Pinellas County, filed Joint Resolution 382. of the Senatethat would change the constitution of the state – specifically section 24 of Article X, the section that sets out the state’s minimum wage.
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SJR 382, which could be considered during the 2022 legislative period, calls on state legislators to set a “minimum wage rate for training below the minimum wage rate”.
The proposal stipulates that employers can offer every employee the training wage for the first six months of their employment.
SJR 382 does not state how high the training wage would be, but gives an insight into how it would be calculated.
“The minimum wage rate for training must be based on a possibly
Read the full text of SJR 382 below:
Since this is a constitutional amendment, lawmakers would have to vote on the proposal, which would then go to the vote, where 60% of Florida voters would need to be in favor of the measure for it to take effect.
Brandes made a similar attempt in the 2021 legislature when he proposed a “reduced minimum wage” for prisoners in the state penal system, workers convicted of a crime, workers under 21 and other “hard-to-hire” employees.
The Senator’s attempts to offer a wage rate below the minimum wage come after Floridians passed Amendment 2 in the 2020 election, which raised the state’s minimum wage to $ 10 an hour in September, and then by $ 1 each year continued to rise until it hit $ 15 an hour in 2026.
According to estimates by Florida Pay Institute – Which describes itself as “an independent, bipartisan, not-for-profit organization” committed to promoting policies and budgets that improve economic mobility and quality of life for all Floridians – 2.5 million Florida workers will benefit from the minimum wage of 15 USD per hour benefit.
Im Florida Foodie-Podcast, Fight for $ 15 Attorney Christian Cardona said even the minimum of $ 15 an hour may still not be enough for workers.
“The thing about the $ 15 battle is that it started almost 10 years ago, in 2012. The workers were asking for $ 15 (an hour) back then and it was a long time ago and we still don’t have it. “Said Cardona. “Back in 2012, maybe $ 15 an hour was enough – it’s probably not enough now, and in five years (when Florida’s minimum wage hits $ 15 an hour) it will be even less.”
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