Effective January 1, 2012, the Ohio minimum wage will increase by 30 cents, from $7.40 per hour to $7.70 per hour. The Ohio minimum wage for “tipped employees” will increase from $3.70 per hour to $3.85 per hour, plus tips.

If you are an Ohio employer with annual gross receipts of $283,000 or more (previously $271,000 or more), you must pay the Ohio minimum wage. If you are an Ohio employer and your annual gross receipts are less than $283,000, then Ohio law requires you to pay the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour (unchanged since July 2009).

The above increases are the result of the amendment to Ohio’s Constitution passed by Ohio voters in 2006, which tied Ohio’s minimum wage to the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

An updated Ohio minimum wage poster for 2012 can be found at: http://com.ohio.gov/laws/docs/laws_MinimumWagePoster2011.pdf.