Employment law is sometimes confusing because every state has its own regulations, and then there are also federal regulations, some of which aren’t universal to all employers.

As a worker in Ohio, you may hear a lot of inaccurate claims about your rights and employment law. A co-worker who used to work in another state, for example, might misunderstand what aspects of their overtime were state mandated and not federally mandated.

Understanding how Ohio handles overtime can give you a better idea about whether or not you may have a wage claim against your employer for unpaid overtime wages.

Ohio only recognizes cumulative time and not shift length for overtime

In some states, those who work very long shifts can receive overtime wages for hours past a certain point regardless of how many total hours they worked in a week. Some states also require overtime for workers who don’t get a day off, even if they work short shifts that don’t add up to 40 hours per week. Ohio does not have rules like that, and neither does the federal government.

Ohio recognizes federal overtime requirements

Ohio overtime laws essentially acknowledge the federal statutes regarding overtime wages for hourly workers. State law requires employer compliance with federal rules to pay workers at least time-and-a-half for hours over 40 worked in a specific workweek.

Employers should not try to force employee to continue working after clocking out, nor should they alter time clock records in order to avoid paying overtime. If you believe you are due unpaid overtime wages, you may have the right to bring a claim against your employer.