Ohio Labor Laws – Wage and Hour
Ohio’s current minimum wage is $7.95 for employers whose gross receipts are greater than $292,000.
For more information on Ohio’s minimum wage laws, visit our Ohio Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Ohio labor laws require an employer to pay overtime to employees, unless otherwise exempt, at the rate of 1½ times the employee’s regular rate of pay for all hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a workweek. OH Div. of Labor: Minumum Wage Laws. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.
Meals and Breaks
Ohio labor laws require employers to provide employees under the age of eighteen (18) a 30-minute uninterrupted break when working more than five (5) consecutive hours. Ohio Rev. Code 4109.07(C).
Ohio does not require employers to provide breaks, including lunch breaks, for workers eighteen (18) years old or older. An employer who chooses to provide a break in excess of twenty (20) minutes does not have to pay wages for lunch periods or other breaks if the employee is free to leave the worksite, in fact takes their lunch or break, and the employee does not actually perform work. According to federal law, breaks twenty (20) minutes or shorter typically must be paid. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
Information about Ohio vacation leave laws may now be found on our Ohio Leave Laws page.
Information about Ohio sick leave laws may now be found on our Ohio Leave Laws page.
Information about Ohio holiday leave laws may now be found on our Ohio Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Ohio jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Ohio Leave Laws page.
Information about Ohio voting leave laws may now be found on our Ohio Leave Laws page.
Ohio labor laws do not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.