Under Ohio law, overtime shall be paid at one and one-half the employee's wage rate for hours worked over 40 in a pre-established work week, consisting of not more than seven consecutive days. This overtime requirement does not apply to employers who gross less than $150,000 per year.
The current minimum wage in Ohio is $8.30 per hour for employers who have gross annual receipts of more than $297,000, and $7.25 per hour for employers who make less than $297,000 annually. Employers, however, can use tips and gratuities to reduce the minimum wage required to $4.15.
Some employees are exempt from Ohio's minimum wage. The following is a partial list:
Under Ohio law, the employer is not required to give lunch or restroom breaks. However, if the employee is under 18 years of age, an employer is required to give the employee a half hour break for every 5 hours worked.
The Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Labor and Worker Safety, Wage and Hour Bureau handles wage and hour complaints.The form for filing a minimum wage complaint can be found here: http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/dico_MINIMUM_WAGE_COMPLAINT.pdf. The form for filing a prevailing wages complaint can be found here: http://www.com.ohio.gov/dico/PWComplaintInstructions.aspx.
If you have a wage/hour complaint, do not delay in contacting Labor Standards or an attorney. There are strict time limits in which wage claims must be filed.
Employees can bring an action in court to recover unpaid wages, and attorneys' fees and costs are recoverable.
Ohio Department of Commerce, Wage and Hour Bureau
6606 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
Phone: (614) 644-2239
Fax: (614) 728-8639
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