Columbus, OH asked in Employment Law for Ohio

Q: Can an employer reduce the pay rate of your final paycheck to minimum wage if you do not provide two weeks notice?

For context, employees are required to sign for this policy.

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Rebecca Hill
Rebecca Hill
  • Columbus, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Ohio is an at-will state, meaning that an employer can change the terms and conditions of the employees employment for any reason or no reason at all. This means that an employer could implement a policy reducing hourly rates if an employee fails to provide a two weeks' notice as long as the employee earns at least minimum wage for every hour the employee worked and overtime at time and-one-half the employee's regular rate for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a single work week. Ohio's minimum wage for non-tipped employees increased in 2022 to $9.30 per hour.

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