The federal Fair Labor Standards Act does not define full-time employment. Therefore, it is up to individual states and employers to determine what constitutes full-time work. In Ohio, full-time employment is 80 hours of work in a two-week period in a state agency, or whatever time another authority agency or employer designates as full-time.
Generally, 40 hours is considered full-time employment by most employers. Employees may only receive benefits for some jobs at the full-time level. However, some employers offer benefits to employees who work less than 40 hours. The U.S. Department of Labor specifically notes that full-time status isn't a factor in Davis-Bacon and related acts, which affect fringe benefits requirements.
Ohio state law, in line with similar laws in most other states, requires that employers pay overtime to hourly workers who complete more than 40 hours of work in a given week. The FLSA mandates that employers pay at least time-and-a-half for overtime pay.
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Ohio did introduce a minimum wage of $8.10 per hour as of Jan. 1, 2015, which exceeds the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Unlike some other states, Ohio doesn't require employers to offer lunch or rest breaks. However, any employee, whether full-time or part-time, must be compensated if performing any duties during prescribed breaks.
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