Ohio employees are protected by Ohio law and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These laws protect employees by requiring that employees are paid a minimum wage, requiring overtime pay for non-exempt employees, requiring that employees be paid for all their work time, and setting other rules with which employers must comply.
Ohio’s wage and hour laws are found in Article II, section 34A of its Constitution, and in Ohio Revised Code (O.R.C.) Chapter 4111, et seq. A link to the complete chapter is provided here: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4111. Section 4113.5 is also significant because it requires timely payment of wages and provides additional penalties when employers fail to comply: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4113.15.
Ohio law is written to closely mirror the FLSA in many instances. For example, the overtime provisions in O.R.C. § 4111.03(a) incorporate the FLSA verbatim. However, Ohio does provide a higher minimum wage than federal law requires.