• Ohio's Minimum Wage Will Increase January 1, 2013
  • November 16, 2012 | Author: Patricia F. Weisberg
  • Law Firm: Walter & Haverfield LLP - Cleveland Office
  • Ohio voters passed Issue 2 on November 7, 2006, which amended Ohio's Constitution so that each year Ohio's minimum wage will increase by the rate of inflation for the prior twelve months. The Ohio Department of Commerce has calculated the inflation rate and adjusted the Ohio minimum wage for 2013.

    Effective January 1, 2013, Ohio's minimum wage will increase $0.15 from $7.70 per hour to $7.85 per hour for regular hourly employees. The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase $0.08 from $3.85 per hour to $3.93 per hour.

    Ohio's minimum wage law does not apply to (i) employees at smaller companies whose annual gross receipts are $288,000 or less per year after January 1, 2013 or to (ii) 14- and 15-year-olds. The State minimum wage for these employees is $7.25 per hour because the State wage is tied to the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum hourly wage is currently $7.25.