Senator Yuko Gives Sponsor Testimony On Senate Bill 25
Raises minimum wage & improves workers' rights in Ohio
June 24, 2015
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COLUMBUS—Today, “The Ohio Worker’s Rights Act”, Senate Bill 25, received its first hearing in the Senate Transportation, Labor, and Commerce Committee, during which State Senator Kenny Yuko (D-Richmond Heights), the bill’s sponsor, gave testimony. The bill is a multi-pronged approach to improving worker’s rights in Ohio and a priority for the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus for the 131st General Assembly.

“This bill takes a dramatic, but necessary, step forward in ensuring hardworking Ohioans are paid and treated fairly,” said Senator Yuko. “The protections provided in Senate Bill 25 will lift Ohioans out of poverty, provide an incentive for hiring of additional middle class workers, and allow salaried workers to better balance work and family.” 

The main components of this legislation include a raise in the minimum wage and increased overtime protection, as well as measures that would prevent employee misclassification. More specifically, the bill would raise Ohio’s minimum wage from $8.10 to $10.10 an hour, adjusting to changes in inflation each year. It also increases overtime protection compensation from $23,000 to $50,000 in the first year, then to $69,000 in the following years. Lastly, it creates a more uniform definition of what constitutes an employee and provides further protections against employers benefiting, at the expense of the employees, off of the misclassification of their workers.

“These are not new ideas- these are ideas that have been implemented in other states, and they are seeing results. States that protect their workers protect themselves,” said Yuko. “As it has been said many times before: ‘People working 40 hours a week should not live in poverty.’ It’s that simple. We are doing a disservice to our working low and middle class families, who are without a doubt the ones most in need. It’s an absolute shame.”

Senate Bill 25 is co-sponsored by all members of the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus.  

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