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Employee Classification: Ohio

Employee Classification requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Allen S. Kinzer, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP


  • Ohio law expressly incorporates many provisions from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to define exempt employees. See Employees Exempt Under Federal Law.
  • Ohio also provides for several additional exemptions that are not included in federal law. To be exempt from overtime pay, an employee must be exempt under both the federal and Ohio laws. See Other Exempt Employees.
  • Ohio law provides for specific instances when an employee may be paid less than the minimum wage provided for in Ohio. See Minimum Wage Exemptions.