Changes to NC Wage and Hour Laws

On July 8, 2021, NC Governor Cooper signed Senate Bill 208, which contains several wage provisions that affect employers. These include the following updates: 

  • If an employer is reducing an employee’s pay, they must provide written notice at least one pay period in advance. Before this update, it was only 24 hours’ written notice. Employers may still use whatever pay period they have in place. 
  • Each employer must provide written notice upon hire of an employee’s wage rate, pay place (if delivering; otherwise, state the method: direct deposit or mail, for example), and payday. In the past, it was acceptable to present this information orally. Catapult has sample offer letters as part of our New Hire and Onboarding Toolkit that contain the updated language. Compliant offer letters should be used for all positions. 
  • Final wages must be paid by the employer’s regular payroll method unless the employee requests, in writing, a live check. If a live check is mailed, it must be done in a trackable manner. 

Written by a Catapult HR Advisor