Ever since Ohio’s Constitution was amended in 2006, Ohio’s minimum wage correlates with the rate of inflation for the twelve months prior to September. The Ohio Department of Commerce has calculated the rate of inflation and determined that based on the consumer price index (CPI), Ohio’s minimum wage rates will slightly increase in 2017.
Ohio’s minimum wage is currently $8.10 per hour for regular hourly employees. The minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.05 per hour. Ohio’s minimum wage will increase to $8.15 per hour for regular hourly employees. The minimum wage for tipped employees will increase to $4.08 per hour.
Ohio’s minimum wage law does not apply to (i) employees at smaller companies whose annual gross receipts are $299,000 or less per year or to (ii) 14 and 15-year-olds. The Ohio minimum wage for these employees is $7.25 per hour because the Ohio wage for these employees is tied to the federal minimum wage. The federal minimum hourly wage is currently $7.25. In Cleveland, City Council voted to let voters decide in a special election whether or not to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour. The $15.00 amount would be phased in over a period of time. The special election will be held May 2, 2017.
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Patricia F. Weisberg is a partner in the Labor and Employment Services Group of the Cleveland-based law firm of Walter | Haverfield LLP.