Labor & Employment: Year-End Reminders
As year-end approaches, employers need to be aware of, and plan for, the following:
- Ohio’s minimum wage, which applies to businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $305,000 per year, is scheduled to increase, effective January 1, 2018, to $8.30 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.15 per hour for tipped employees. The minimum wage for smaller businesses remains at the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
- Beginning January 1, 2018, covered employers must display the revised version of the Ohio minimum wage poster which is available here.
- EEO-1 reporting by employers with 100 or more employees and some federal contractors with over 50 employees is due by March 31, 2018 for fiscal year 2017. The employment data for the EEO-1 report must be selected from a payroll period in the fourth quarter of calendar 2017. Employers who have not yet reviewed payroll data should do so. Notably, the 2017 EEO-1 will not include the collection of pay and hours worked data which had been scheduled to take effect with the 2017 EEO-1 report.
- States, counties and local governments across the country have increasingly passed legislation which impacts the content of employment applications, particularly inquiries related to criminal convictions and salary history. While Ohio has not passed laws which limit these inquiries by private employers, employers with locations outside of Ohio need to consider the laws of each state in which they solicit employment applications and all employers need to consider county and local legislation.