Ohio’s Minimum Wage Increases to $7.85 an hour

Deb Weber

Oct 03, 2012

Business owners will need to increase minimum wage for their employees. Ohio’s minimum wage will go up by 15 cents to $7.85 an hour beginning Jan. 1, 2013, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced. For tipped employees, the new minimum will be $3.93 per hour, plus tips, an increase of 8 cents an hour.

The state minimum wage is set annually because of an amendment to the Ohio Constitution that was approved statewide by voters in 2006.

The increase for 2012 was a 30-cent jump. The increase for previous years was 10 cents in 2011, zero in 2010, and 15 and 30 cents in 2008 and 2009, respectively.

Companies that must pay minimum wage will change slightly this year. Starting Jan. 1, the new wage will apply to businesses with annual gross receipts $288,000 which is a $5,000 increase over 2012. Smaller companies, with gross receipts under $288,000 must pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 and hour. The same rate applies to 14- and 15-year-old employees

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