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04 Aug

August 2021: North Carolina Wage and Hour Act Revisions Enacted

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Update Applicable to:
All employers in North Carolina. 

What happened?
On July 8, 2021, Governor Cooper signed Senate Bill 208 (SB208) into law, which makes amendments to the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act (NCWHA). 

What are the details?
Effective immediately, the amendments to the NCWHA impacts ways that employers handle payroll practices, like wage notices and final pay. The changes made by the amendments are as follows: 

  • At the time that an employee is hired, a written notice of the employee’s promised wage is required. Previously, employers could provide oral notice, but this option has been removed from the current law.
  • When an employee’s promised wage is changed, the employer must now notify the employee of the change in writing and at least one pay period in advance.
  • Separated employees were previously able to request their final pay to be sent by mail or trackable mail. This has now been modified to state that the request to mail the final pay from the employee must be received in writing

The law is here

Articles on the law are here and here. 

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the law and make any necessary changes to their payroll policies to stay in compliance.