Ohio Announces Minimum Wage Increase for 2024; Updated EEOC and FLSA Workplace Posters

State Update Overview

Date Updated September 2023
Labor Law Update The State of Ohio Minimum Wage Law; EEOC “Know Your Rights” and DOL “Employee Rights Under the FLSA” Posters
What Changed Increased OH minimum wage; Recently enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and Provide Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP)
Mandatory or Non-Mandatory Mandatory
Updated Poster Ohio Labor Law Poster

In September 2023, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced an increase to the state minimum wage effective January 1, 2024.

Ohio Minimum Wage Law

  • Minimum wage increases to $10.45 per hour for non-tipped employees; $5.25 per hour for tipped employees
  • Employers who gross less than $385,000 shall pay their employees no less than the federal minimum wage rate
  • New minimum wage law effective January 1, 2024

Effective June 27, 2023, the new Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation will cause the employer an undue hardship. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” Poster to summarize the new law.

EEOC “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” Poster Updates

  • Illegal employment discrimination on the bases of sex includes childbirth.
  • Illegal employment discrimination includes interference, coercion, or threats related to exercising rights regarding disability discrimination or pregnancy accommodation.
  • Failure to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition can be considered discriminatory.
  • Discriminatory employment practice can include conduct that coerces, intimidates, threatens, or interferes with someone exercising their rights, or someone assisting or encouraging someone else to exercise rights, regarding disability discrimination (including accommodation) or pregnancy accommodation.

Effective April 28, 2023, the Provide Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP) extends the right to receive break time to pump and a private place to pump at work to more nursing employees.  The federal Department of Labor (DOL) revised its “Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” poster to include changes from the new law.

DOL “Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” Poster Updates

  • The section titled Nursing Mothers has been changed to Pump at Work.
  • The right to break time to express breast milk previously only applied to employees subject to the overtime requirement under the FLSA (non-exempt employees). This reference has been removed.
  • The revised poster clearly notes that narrow exemptions may apply to the pump at work requirements.

Wage and Hour Exemptions

Employees may be exempt from wage and hour laws based on criteria associated with their salary, actual duties, and skills. Exempt employees neither receive overtime pay nor qualify for minimum wage. Ohio labor law defines these exemptions based on Executive, Administrative, or Professional status. Learn more here.

Labor Law Poster Update

All businesses within the State of Ohio must display the new “Minimum Wage Notice”, “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal”, and “Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” posters along with other state-mandated posting requirements where they are sufficiently accessible and viewable to all employees. These changes have been reflected in our Ohio & Federal Labor Law Poster and require an immediate mandatory update. Failure to meet compliance requirements and display the updated posters could result in fines.

Order the Ohio & Federal Labor Law Poster to immediately include these required updates.

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