My research on the labor laws of various states shows that South Carolina has a shorter list of laws on this topic than some states. The South Carolina labor laws do, however, cover several key topics.
When it comes to the payment of wages, any employer in the state with more than five employees must provide written notification to employees of their rate of pay and what deductions will come out of their paychecks. There are no specific state laws in regards to minimum wage, and benefits such as lunch breaks, heath insurance, sick leave, and vacation are not required by law. South Carolina labor laws do not mandate a certain frequency at which employees must be paid. However, employees who are separated from their jobs must be paid either within 48 hours or at the next regular payday.
Unlike some states, South Carolina labor laws do not require minors to get a work permit. Minors ages 14 and 15 must only provide proof of age to their employer. The work hours and types of work for minors under 16 are closely regulated under state laws, but 16 and 17 year old minors are only prohibited from working jobs on the federal hazardous occupations list.
South Carolina is one of a number of states that administers its own occupational safety and health program. The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration carries out enforcement of a variety of standards designed to maintain a safe, healthful and hazard-free workplace. Standards exist to regulate many types of workplaces hazards. Employers may be inspected and fined if they do not meet these standards.
As in most states, South Carolina labor laws provide for workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance programs. Workers’ compensation is designed to help pay the medical bills as well as some lost wages for workers who are injured on the job. Unemployment compensation, however, is designed to give financial assistance to workers who involuntarily lose their jobs.
For a helpful listing of all the relevant state and federal laws on this topic, please see the South Carolina Complete Labor Law Poster.
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