Does This Law Apply to My Organization in Ohio?

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Author: Ashley Shaw, XpertHR Legal Editor

While all employers must follow applicable federal law, there are also laws specific to Ohio that an employer in this state must follow. The following chart lists some of the most significant state laws in Ohio and which employers must follow them; however, it is important to note that there are many requirements an employer must follow in addition to those listed here.

Unless otherwise stated, the employee threshold refers to the number of employees within the state. Where "All Employers" is listed, there may still be limited exceptions, such as agricultural employers or employers that employ only family members.

Law Covered Employers

Civil Rights Act

The state, any political subdivision of the state, any person employing four or more persons, and any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer

Fair Employment Practices Act

Private employers with four or more employees, state employers, and local government employers

Military Family Leave Act (OMFLA)

Private employers with 50 or more employees

Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act

All employers

Ohio Wage Act

All employers

Public Employees' Collective Bargaining Act

Public employers

Public Records Act

State, county, city, town and school district employers

Public Works Discrimination Law

State government contractors

Smoke Free Workplace Law

All employers