The Department of Commerce announced that Ohio’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase from $7.95 per hour to $8.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2015. In addition, the Department of Commerce announced that the new minimum wage for tipped employees will increase by seven cents to $4.05 per hour.
In 2006, voters in Ohio approved an amendment to the Ohio Constitution requiring the basic state minimum wage to be increased annually according to the Consumer Price Index or its successor index for all urban wage earners and clerical workers as calculated by the federal government, rounded to the nearest five cents. Under the same amendment, tipped employees may be paid less than, but not less than half, the basic minimum wage rate if the employer is able to demonstrate that the employee receives tips that combined with the wages paid by the employer are equal to or greater than the state minimum wage rate for all hours worked.
On March 25, 2014, House Bill No. 502 was introduced to the 130th General Assembly. House Bill 502 proposes to increase Ohio’s basic state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour and further proposes to increase the minimum wage for tipped employees to $5.05 per hour. House Bill 502 is assigned to the Commerce, Labor and Technology Committee and is not yet scheduled for a vote.