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  • As a minor, do I have the right to work if I want a job?"
    No, Ohio requires all minors to obtain a work permit, which must be signed by your parent or guardian. Having a strong desire to work is admirable and you are encouraged to explore your social networks for options.
  • Can I start my own business, even if I’m a minor?"
    Yes. There is no minimum age to file an LLC and start a business in Ohio. The Secretary of State welcomes entrepreneurs and you can learn more at
  • Do I get overtime pay if I worked more hours than I was scheduled to work?
    No. Ohio has specific rules regarding what companies are required to pay overtime to employees. Also, companies and organizations have pay period set ups. There could also be vacation pay policies that impact overtime pay. You will want to see your employee handbook to ensure that you understand your pay and anything that could potentially impact it.
  • As a tipped employee, can my employer make me pay a portion of my tips to “the house”?"
    Unless your employer informed you at your hire that a portion of your tips would be pooled, this is an illegal practice known as tip skimming. If you don't think that a conversation with your employer will be helpful, you may want to contact the Attorney General’s office for further guidance on how to handle this matter.
  • Can I opt out of a criminal background check?
    Yes, but you may not receive a call back for an interview or job offer. Employers who do criminal background checks typically do these for applicants that they are interested in hiring. If you go into interview prepared, you can prepare an interviewer for what they may find on a background check.
  • My criminal past is behind me; do I still have to report it on my application?
    If a job application specifically asks you about criminal history or convictions, then yes still need to report this information.
  • Do I have to pay for the criminal background check and/or employee screening?
    Possibly. Some employers require that you pay for the check while others may cover the expense. There are others who have you pay it upfront and reimburse you the cost upon hire. This is something that you will want to ask during your interview.
  • Is my juvenile justice record included in a consumer or criminal background check?
    No. Information from your involvement with the system as a minor should not be included. If you find that this information is being included in a company’s report, you are encouraged to follow the process for filing a dispute and having the information removed.
  • Can I see what information is in a consumer or criminal background check requested that has been completed on me?
    Yes. The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) affords you the right to a copy of any background or consumer check completed on your behalf. It also states that if an employer is going to complete a consumer/background check on you, they must inform you and tell you the scope of the check (i.e., what it’s for, how far back it will go, if it’s criminal or consumer, etc.).
  • Is it okay to write “gift” on the bill of sale for something that I am selling?
    No. It is never to okay for you or someone that you are buying an item from to write “gift” or “$0” on the bill of sale or ownership title. This is often done to avoid payment of taxes that are due. You will want to make sure that all documents are completed correctly so that when you must pay taxes, you have been properly compensated.
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