Ohio Hours Worked Laws


Hours worked

Ohio’s laws do not generally address when an employer must count an employee’s time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements. However, Ohio does exclude certain activities from hours worked for overtime purposes.

Ohio’s labor laws exclude the following activities unless otherwise required from hours worked when determining if an employee is entitled to overtime pay in a given workweek:

  • walking, riding, or traveling to and from the place an employee will actually perform their principal work activity or activities
  • activities that take place preliminary to (before) or postliminary to (after) an employee’s principal work activity or activities
  • insubstantial or insignificant periods of time spent by an employee beyond their scheduled working hours.

Employers may be required to include the activities listed above as hours worked for overtime purposes if:

  • the employee performs the work during the regular workday
  • the employee performs the work during prescribed work hours
  • the employer specifically directs the employee work perform the work

OH Code 4111.031

Ohio looks for guidance from the regulations regarding what constitutes hours worked for overtime purposes set forth by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Ohio Constitution Art. II, Section 34a; Ohio Code 4111.14(B)


Workweek

Ohio’s laws do not specifically address what constitutes a workweek for purposes of its minimum wage requirements. Ohio does look for guidance from the regulations regarding what constitutes a workweek set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Ohio Constitution Art. II, Section 34a; Ohio Code 4111.14(B)


Waiting time

Ohio’s laws do not specifically address when an employer must count an employee’s waiting time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements. Ohio does look for guidance from the regulations regarding when waiting time must be paid set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Ohio Constitution Art. II, Section 34a; Ohio Code 4111.14(B)


On-call time

Ohio’s laws do not specifically address when an employer must count an employee’s on-call time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements. Ohio does look for guidance from the regulations regarding when on-call time must be paid set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Ohio Constitution Art. II, Section 34a; Ohio Code 4111.14(B)


Sleeping time

Ohio’s laws do not specifically address when an employer must count an employee’s sleeping time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements. Ohio does look for guidance from the regulations regarding when sleeping time must be paid set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Ohio Constitution Art. II, Section 34a; Ohio Code 4111.14(B)


Travel time

Ohio’s laws do not specifically address when an employer must count an employee’s travel time as hours worked for purposes of its minimum wage and overtime requirements. Ohio does look for guidance from the regulations regarding when travel time must be paid set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Ohio Constitution Art. II, Section 34a; Ohio Code 4111.14(B)


Meeting, lecture, and training time

Ohio’s laws do not specifically address when an employer must count meeting, lecture, and training time as hours worked for purposes of it minimum wage and overtime requirements. Ohio does look for guidance from the regulations regarding compensation for meeting, lecture, and training time set forth under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Ohio Constitution Art. II, Section 34a; Ohio Code 4111.14(B)


Show up or reporting time

Ohio law does not require employers to pay employees for reporting or showing up to work if no work is performed. An employer is also not required to pay an employee a minimum number of hours if the employer dismisses the employee from work prior to completing their scheduled shift. Employers are only required to pay employees for hours actually worked.


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