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Labor Relations

The Labor Relations Section represents two state agencies: The Ohio Department of Commerce, Bureau of Wage & Hour Administration (ODOC) and the State Employment Relations Board (SERB).  Each agency and board has regulatory authority and policy making authority.

In representing ODOC, Assistant Attorneys General in the Labor Relations Section act on ODOC’s behalf to enforce Ohio’s Minimum Wage Laws under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 4111 and Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Laws under ORC 4115.  Ohio’s minimum wage is set annually under the Ohio Constitution and is based upon the consumer price index and adjusted according to the cost of living.  For those employees who believe they have been paid less than the minimum wage or were not paid overtime, ODOC investigates their complaints and issues a determination that specifies the amount of monies owed to them.  Assistant Attorneys General in the Labor Relations Section work to enforce ODOC’s determination and to recoup monies owed to Ohio employees.  Ohio’s Prevailing Wage laws require all workers on public improvement projects to be paid the correct prevailing wage rate according to their classification. ODOC sets the prevailing wage rates, which vary depending upon the locality of the public improvement projects and are based upon collective bargaining agreements. Where there is noncompliance, employees may file a Prevailing Wage Complaint with ODOC. Following an investigation, Commerce issues a determination that specifies the amount of monies owed to them. Assistant Attorneys General in the Labor Relations Section work to enforce ODOC's determination and to recoup monies owed to Ohio employees.

In representing SERB, the Labor Relations Section acts as the agency’s legal advisor, is statutorily required to represent SERB in its enforcement of the Ohio Public Employee’s Collective Bargaining Act, to prosecute unfair labor practice charges in administrative proceedings, and to represent SERB in court proceedings throughout the state of Ohio.  In addition, the Section provides legal advice to the State Personnel Board of Review as it carries out its statutory obligations to hear appeals of public employees.