The Ohio Department of Commerce has announced a 15-cent per hour increase in the state’s minimum wage effective January 1, 2015. For non-tipped employees, the rate will increase from $7.95 to $8.10 per hour. The rate for tipped employees will go from $3.98 to $4.05 per hour.
A 2006 constitutional amendment ties annual increases in Ohio’s minimum wage to the rate of inflation. The amendment exempted smaller businesses, which are subject to federal minimum wage requirements for their employees. Workers at Ohio companies that have annual gross receipts under $297,000 are covered by the federal minimum wage. That rate of $7.25 an hour cannot be changed without approval of Congress.