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Recruiting: Ohio

Recruiting requirements for other states

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

Authors: Stanley Weiner, E. Michael Rossman, Elizabeth Dicus and Theresa Dean, Jones Day


  • Ohio law permits employers to use a variety of means to find and attract potential employees, and Ohio sponsors a website particularly for these purposes. See Methods and Sources.
  • Ohio law prohibits employers from utilizing job advertisements that indicate individuals from certain protected classes need not apply or are disfavored. SeeOhio Fair Employment Laws.
  • Ohio is an at-will employment state, but employers may face liability for promises made during the recruiting process. See Recruiting Promises.
  • Misclassification of independent contractors is receiving increasing attention, so employers should be precise in their classifications. See Independent Contractors.
  • Ohio law sharply restricts the timing and type of work that minors may perform.SeeRecruiting Minors.