Employees expect to earn an honest living when they go to work every day. Payroll, however, is one of the biggest expenses for employers and so, they sometimes deny their workers those honest wages. It is essential that all employees in Ohio understand their rights to a legal wage, and what to do when an employer does not provide it. If you have been denied your rightful wages, our wage and hour lawyers in Columbus can help you hold your employer accountable for paying them.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is federal legislation that has been in place since 2009. Due to the fact that it has been over a decade since it was updated, the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour does not accurately reflect the needs of workers in Ohio, or the increased cost of living. Still, the FLSA also dictates the overtime wages employers are responsible for paying. According to the FLSA, workers must receive one-and-a-half times their regular wage for every hour that surpasses 40 hours a week. Some workers are exempt from the overtime law, including administrators, executives, outside sales employees, and professionals.
The FLSA contains many important laws but sometimes, such as the minimum wage outlined within it, they are still not enough for workers in Ohio. Fortunately, the state has separate laws on hours and wages that can provide more protection for employees.
The minimum wage in Columbus, and throughout the rest of Ohio, allows employees to receive even more per hour than what the federal law permits. In 2021, the minimum wage in Ohio is $8.80 an hour for non-tipped employees and $4.40 plus tips for tipped employees such as restaurant servers and hotel workers. Unlike the FLSA, the minimum wage in Ohio is regularly updated, as well, to compensate for inflation. Still, tipped employees must receive a fair wage that is equal to or greater than the minimum wage when their wage is combined with their tips.
The overtime laws in Ohio largely mirror those of the FLSA. Any employee that works more than 40 hours in one week is entitled to one-and-a-half times their pay. Certain employees are also exempt from this law, including agricultural workers, babysitters that work in their employer’s home, employees of companies that make a profit less than $150,000 annually, and others. A wage and hour lawyer in Columbus can advise on whether or not an employee is considered exempt under Ohio’s overtime laws.
If you believe your employer has not paid you an appropriate minimum wage or has not rightfully paid you overtime, our wage and hour lawyers in Columbus can advise on your case. At Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC, our experienced attorneys can advise on how the law applies to your case, and will hold your employer accountable when they have not upheld your rights. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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