The Ohio minimum wage will increase by 10 cents on January 1, 2011 from $7.30 to $7.40 per hour, according to Director Kimberly Zurz of the Ohio Department of Commerce. This rate is 15 cents per hour higher than the federal minimum wage, and applies to employers in Ohio whose annual revenue is $271,000 or more.
This change means that every Ohio employer must update labor law posters, including the state minimum wage poster. The Ohio minimum wage was unchanged from August 2009 to January 2011, remaining at $7.30 per hour for 17 months.
Not every employer is covered by the Ohio minimum wage increase, according to the Division of Industrial Compliance & Labor. Employers with annual revenue of less than $271,000 in 2011 can pay workers (more…)
The Ohio minimum wage will remain stable at $7.30 per hour in 2010. The minimum wage in the Buckeye State remains 5 cents higher than the federal minimum wage at $7.25. Employers who are covered by both the state and federal minimum wages must pay the higher of the two.
The 2010 Ohio tipped minimum wage will remain at $3.65 per hour. If a tipped employee does not average at least $3.65 per hour over the payroll week, the employer must pay the difference as wages.
Under an amendment to the Ohio constitution passed by voters in November 2006, the Ohio minimum wage is increased each year based on the rate of inflation. In the 12 months from September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2009 the rate of inflation declined 0.2 percent, according to a memo released by the Ohio Department of Commerce.
By statute, the Ohio minimum wage cannot (more…)
This is good news for employers across Ohio, who had been bracing for another annual increase on January 1, 2010. Under an amendment to the constitution passed by voters in November 2006, the Ohio minimum wage will increases each year on January 1.
However, the Ohio minimum wage increase is based on inflation for the previous year – specifically, it is based on the Consumer Price Index or CPI for urban wage earners and clerical workers for the 12-month period ending August 31. So the 2010 Ohio minimum wage is based on the CPI for September 2008 through August 2009.
During that period, the CPI declined by 0.2%. By law the Ohio minimum wage cannot be reduced, but it will not be increased in 2010, either.
The Ohio minimum wage applies to employers with annual revenue of more than $267,000. Employers grossing less than $267,000 per year can pay just $7.25 per hour – an amount equal to the federal minimum wage. The minimum wage for employees who are 14 or 15 (more…)
The increase in Ohio is not the largest increase in the minimum wage nationwide. In Washington, the increase was 48 cents an hour – to $8.55 hourly from $8.07. Oregon experienced a 45-cent hike, bringing its rate to $8.40 hourly. Connecticut’s rate also went up by 45 cents an hour. The new Connecticut minimum is now $8.00 an hour.
Altogether, 11 states increased their minimum wage rates as of January 1, 2009.
The largest actual minimum wage increase was in New Mexico. Under a new law passed by voters in 2006, the rate went up $1.00 an hour, from $6.50 to $7.50. New Mexico’s increase was not based on the cost of living, however.
In November of 2006, voters in Ohio approved a constitutional amendment mandating that the minimum wage track the inflation rate annual. The state uses the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for urban wage earners and clerical workers for a 12-month period that ends each August.
Because the CPI climbed 4.6% between September 1, 2007 and August 21, 2008, Ohio’s minimum wage also showed an atypically large jump, as did the wage rates in several other states as well.
This January 1 the minimum wage for Ohio workers receiving tips also went up. The new rate is $3.65 hourly, an increase of 15 cents. If a tipped employee in Ohio does not earn an average of $3.65 an hour in tips, then the management is required to make up the difference.
Ohio law has an exception whereby smaller companies may pay their workers less than larger companies do. If revenue is below $267,000 in 2009, the company is allowed to pay $6.55 an hour. However, that will only be the case until July 24, 2009, when the new federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour overrides lower rates.
On January 1, 2009 the Ohio minimum wage increases by 30 cents from $7.00 to $7.30 per hour.
On that same date, the Ohio minimum wage for tipped employees increases by 15 cents, from $3.50 to $3.65 per hour, according to the Ohio Department of Commerce. Any tipped Ohio employee who does not average $3.65 per hour in tips must be paid the difference in wages by the employer.
Under Ohio law, smaller companies can pay employers less. Companies with revenue less than $267,000 in 2009 can pay just $6.55 under the Ohio minimum wage law. However, when the federal minimum wage increases on July 24, 2009, they must pay at least $7.25 per hour. Youths who are 14 and 15 years of age can also be paid these reduced wages.