Ohio’s current minimum wage is $8.80 for employers whose gross receipts are greater than $323,000.
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 Statute 4111.03. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.
Under certain circumstances, employers in Ohio may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Ohio Prevailing Wages, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.
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. OH Statute 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.
Nursing Mother Breaks
Ohio labor laws do not require employers to provide nursing mothers with breaks to express breast milk. However, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act requires certain employees to provide nonexempt nursing mothers for one (1) year following a child’s birth with reasonable rest breaks to express milk and private spaces, other than a bathroom, to express breast milk.
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.
Under certain circumstances, Ohio residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Ohio State Unemployment Benefits.