This week, the Department of Labor announced a new rule that will expand the protection of federal overtime pay law to millions of workers, including more than a hundred thousand Ohioans. According to the Department and the White House, the new rule—which was long-anticipated—will bring approximately 4.2 million white collar, but low-income, workers within the protection of the federal overtime pay law, the Fair Labor Standards Act. [Read more…]
Ohio’s minimum wage just increased by ten cents per hour. As of January 1, 2014, hourly workers in Ohio must be paid at least $7.95 per hour, more than the federal minimum wage. Employees earning tips must now be paid by their employer at least $3.98 per hour, in addition to their tips. If you earn minimum wage in the Cleveland area, and you did not receive a raise beginning January 1, 2014, your employer may be violating Ohio wage and hour law, and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). [Read more…]
I think my boss is breaking the law. What should I do? What can I do? And can I get fired for it?
Well-intentioned employees in Ohio often assume that when they blow the whistle on a coworker or boss for breaking the law that the company will thank them. Many do, but sometimes, it’s the whistleblower who gets fired. Before you blow the whistle in Ohio, you should know your rights. [Read more…]