Ohio Minimum Wage Increase

Kegler Brown E-mployment Alert

Ohio's 2006 constitutional amendment raised the state’s minimum wage level to $6.85/hour. The amendment also provided that the minimum wage would be recalculated each January, based on the Consumer Price Index.

The Ohio Department of Commerce has announced that the new minimum wage in Ohio, effective January 1, 2008, will be $7.00/hour.

Although the federal minimum wage is currently $5.85/hour (increasing to $6.55/hour next July), that minimum wage will only apply to workers in Ohio who are not covered by the higher state minimum wage (i.e., employees of employers whose annual gross dollar volume is less than $250,000, as well as 14- and 15-year-old employees).