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The new year comes with minimum wage increases

As of January 1, 2013, minimum wage employees in Ohio received a 15-cent increase, bringing their wages to $7.85 an hour. http://www.com.ohio.gov/laws/MinimumWageLaws.aspx  For employees who receive tips, the new minimum wage increased to $3.93 an hour, an increase of 8 cents an hour.

The state minimum wage is adjusted annually because of an amendment to the Ohio Constitution approved by voters in 2006.  Increases are linked to the Consumer Price Index.  A year ago, the minimum wage jumped 30 cents at the beginning of 2012.

In cases where an employee is subject to both the state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher of the two minimum wages.  The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which is 60 cents lower than Ohio’s new minimum wage.  Accordingly, Ohio employers will need to comply with the state minimum wage.

Nine other states increased minimum wage rates on January 1, 2013.  Here’s a list of the states and the new minimum wage for each location.

  • Arizona – $7.80
  • Colorado – $7.78
  • Florida – $7.79
  • Missouri – $7.35
  • Montana – $7.80
  • Oregon – $8.95
  • Rhode Island – $7.75
  • Vermont – $8.60
  • Washington – $9.19