Ok, this is so wierd it's hard to type. The Ohio legislature passed a law that guaratees a pay stub (showing earnings due and the amount paid) -- only for minor workers (under 18 years old).

There is no law in Ohio that a boss has to give workers a pay stub after they turn 18 showing what hours you worked, your rate of pay, or the deductions from your pay.

If you have a union, you have many more rights. You may already have a right to a pay stub because your union fought for it.

What difference does it make if you get a pay stub?

Without a pay stub, workers can't tell if they are being paid for all their hours and if the right amounts are being deducted. If you don't get a pay stub, it’s especially important to keep track of your pay and hours. 

If there is a mistake, go to the payroll clerk to try to get it fixed. Tell your coworkers to check for the same mistakes. If you think that many workers are not being paid correctly, email us or contact a lawyer.

What can I do to get a pay stub?

If you have a union, you and your co-workers who want to get pay stubs should talk to the shop steward or union representative about how to get the company to issue them. If all else fails, you can make it a demand in the next contract negotiations.

If you don't have a union, you and your co-workers can still try to convince your boss that life would be easier for everyone with pay stubs. Every time you don't understand how much you were paid, for how many hours, or what the deductions were, go to whoever does payroll and ask for explanations. If everyone does this, you'll know if you're being paid correctly and maybe your boss will decide it would be easier to issue pay stubs.

The law: Ohio Revised Statutes 4109.10