As a reminder, Ohio’s minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2008. Last year, Ohio voters approved an amendment to the Ohio Constitution providing for a new minimum wage. The amendment also provides that Ohio’s minimum wage adjusts annually based on the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers for the prior 12-month period as of September 30, rounded to the nearest five cents.

Thus, based on the two percent CPI, Ohio’s minimum wage for nontipped employees will be $7.00 per hour effective January 1, 2008.

The minimum wage for tipped employees will be $3.50 per hour plus tips effective January 1, 2008.

Ohio excludes from its minimum wage 14 and 15 year old employees and employers with gross revenue below $250,000 per year (this amount will increase to $255,000 per year on January 1, 2008). Employees 14 and 15 years of age must be paid the federal minimum wage (currently $5.85), and employers must follow the federal and state child labor laws concerning their duties and hours. Employers with gross revenue below $255,000 as of January 1, 2008, must comply with the federal minimum wage law. There are a few other exemptions to Ohio’s minimum wage. Generally those other exemptions are the same as the exemptions to the federal minimum wage.