Ohio minimum wage set to increase on Jan. 1, 2009

COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Labor & Worker Safety is reminding Ohioans that the state's minimum wage will increase on Jan. 1, 2009. The new wage will be $7.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $3.65 per hour for tipped employees, plus tips.

Ohio's current minimum wage is $7 per hour for non-tipped employees and $3.50 per hour for tipped employees, plus tips.

On Jan. 1, 2009, the increased minimum wage will apply to employers who gross more than $267,000 per year. In 2008, Ohio 's minimum wage had applied to employers who gross over $255,000 per year.

The constitutional amendment passed by voters in November 2006 states that Ohio 's minimum wage shall increase on Jan. 1 of each year by the rate of inflation.

For employees of smaller companies (grossing $255,000 and less per year in 2008 and $267,000 or less after Jan. , 2009) and for 14- and 15-year-olds, the state minimum wage is currently $6.55 per hour and will increase to $7.25 per hour on July 24, 2009.

Information on Ohio 's minimum wage as of Jan. 1, 2009 is available at http://www.com.ohio.gov/laws/docs/laws_MinimumWagePoster2009.pdf