Ohio minimum wage will increase to $8.10 per hour on January 1

The minimum wage in Ohio is scheduled to automatically increase to $8.10 per hour on January 1, 2015, for non-tipped employees and to $4.05 per hour for tipped employees. The increased minimum wage will apply to employees of businesses that have annual gross receipts of more than $297,000 per year.

Currently, the state’s minimum wage is $7.95 per hour for non-tipped employees and $3.98 for tipped employees and applies to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $292,000 per year.

Ohio voters passed a Constitutional Amendment in the November 2006 election that states Ohio’s minimum wage shall increase on January 1 of each year by the rate of inflation. Calculations are based on 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 12-month period from September 1, 2013, to August 31, 2014. The Amendment also states that the wage rate for non-tipped employees shall be rounded to the nearest five cents.

For employees at smaller companies (with annual gross receipts of $292,000 or less per year in 2014 or $297,000 or less per year after January 1, 2015) and for 14- and 15-year-old workers, the state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. For these employees, the state minimum wage is tied to the federal minimum wage. (Ohio Department of Commerce News Release, September 30, 2014; State of Ohio 2015 Minimum Wage Poster, http://www.com.ohio.gov/documents/dico_2015MinimumWageposter.pdf.)
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