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Ohio’s minimum wage for non-tipped employees increased to $8.10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2015, a 15-cent increase from the former rate of $7.95 per hour. A non-tipped employee is any employee who does not engage in an occupation in which he or she customarily and regularly receives more than $30 per month in tips.
For tipped employees, the minimum wage increases to $4.05 per hour, a six-cent increase. Tipped employees include any employee who customarily and regularly receives more than $30 per month in tips. Employers electing to use the tip credit provision must be able to show that tipped employees receive at least the minimum wage when direct or cash wages and the tip credit amount are combined.
Certain employees are exempt from the state’s minimum wage requirements, including:
Any individual employed by the United States.
Any individual who volunteers to perform services for a state, political subdivision of a state, or interstate governmental agency if certain conditions apply.
An individual who volunteers their services solely for humanitarian purposes to private nonprofit food banks.
Employees with mental or physical disabilities that may adversely affect the employees’ opportunities for employment.
Employees of a solely family owned and operated business who are family members of the owner.
Individuals employed in or about the property of the employer or person’s residence on a casual basis.
In addition, the minimum wage for employees under the age of 16 cannot be less than the current federal minimum wage rate, which is $7.25 per hour.
Ohio voters passed a constitutional amendment in November 2006 that requires Ohio’s minimum wage to increase on Jan. 1 of each year by the rate of inflation. The state minimum wage is tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for urban wage earners and clerical workers for the 12-month period prior to September. The CPI index rose 1.6 percent over the twelve-month period from Sept. 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2014. The wage rate for non-tipped employees will be rounded to the nearest five cents.
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