The Florida Retail Federation, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association and the Florida Chamber of Commerce filed suit last week to block the City of Miami Beach from raising its minimum wage to $10.31 an hour by 2018 and to $13.31 by 2012. “We don’t support any mandates in which local governments are dictating what private businesses should be paying their employees, as it should be up to each individual employer to determine what is fair and also helps their business remain competitive,” said Randy Miller, the president and CEO of the Florida Retail Federation, according to a press release issued by the organization. Florida is set to raise its current minimum wage by 5 cents, from $8.05 to $8.10, on Jan. 1. The Miami Beach City Commission unanimously approved its minimum wage hike in June.
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