The North Carolina minimum wage will increase on July 24, 2009. Many states in the country, including Texas, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Indiana, increase their minimum wage to coincide with the federal minimum wage. North Carolina is one of these states.
On July 24, 2009, the federal minimum wage will increase by 70 cents from $6.55 to $7.25.
In 2007, the North Carolina minimum wage was $6.15 per hour. State law, however, requires that if the federal minimum wage is higher, the state must raise its minimum to match the federal rate. So, on July 24, 2008, when the federal minimum rose from $5.85 to $6.55, North Carolina increased its minimum by 40 cents per hour to match the federal rate.
That means the North Carolina minimum wage will also increase on that date, rising by 70 cents per hour from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour.
On July 24, both the federal and North Carolina minimum wages increased to $6.55 per hour. However, employees who earn at least $30 per month in tips can be paid less.
On July 24, 2008, when the federal minimum wage rose from $5.85 per hour to $6.55 per hour, North Carolina ‘s minimum wage increased by 40 cents from $6.15 per hour to match the federal minimum of $6.55. That’s because under state law, when the federal minimum wage is higher, the North Carolina rate increases to match it.
On July 24, 2008 the North Carolina minimum wage will increase 40 cents from $6.15 per hour to $6.55 per hour when the federal minimum wage increases. On that date, the federal minimum wage will increase 70 cents, from $5.85 per hour to $6.55 per hour.
That’s because North Carolina is one of a host of states that ties the state minimum wage to the federal rate. In 2007, the North Carolina minimum wage was $6.15 per hour. However, under state law, if the federal minimum wage is higher, the North Carolina minimum wage automatically increases, as well.
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In order to protect workers, employers should establish an emergency plan regarding violence on the job. This plan must train employees and managers on how to respond to workplace violence, and what steps to follow to prevent violence.
These precautions may seem overly cautious, but tragically, a number of recent violent incidents have proven the need for such precautions.
In the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Illinois on February 2, an armed man posed as a delivery man and tried to rob a Lane Bryant. Two customers entered during the robbery, and they, along with 4 other women in the store, were taken to the back room and bound with duct tape. During the robbery, the store manager called 911, enraging the shooter who promptly shot all 6 women, killing 5. A police officer was near the scene and arrived in less than a minute, but the gunman had already run away.
The lone surviving woman gave police a description of the shooter. A composite sketch of the suspect was distributed and police are searching for the killer.
The Virginia Tech massacre on April 16, 2007 left 32 students and staff dead and 17 more injured. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said the shooter demonstrated several signs of impending workplace violence.
Seung-Hui Cho was not seeking treatment for his mental illness. He exhibited an unhealthy interest in weapons and flew into rages. He also developed unhealthy crushes on women he barely knew, and would engage in behavior similar to stalking. Police and university officials were criticized for their initial lack of response.
In Kirkwood, Missouri, a gunman burst into the February 7th council meeting and opened fire. The town’s mayor was hurt. Three city officials and two police officers were killed. The shooter, a political activist, had been ejected from two council meeting in previous months.
The Northern Illinois University tragedy in DeKalb, Illinois on February 14 alarmed the campus and the nation. Steven Kazmierczak, a graduate student who had recently transferred to another Illinois college, burst into a lecture hall, shot 22 people, killing 6, and then turned the gun on himself.
Kazmierczak was described by professors as an award-winning student with an interest in Criminal Justice. Police reports confirmed that the shooter had gone off his medications three weeks prior and his behavior was erratic. Jessica Baty, his girlfriend, disagreed, declaring Steven stressed from school, adding that he bought the two guns for “home security.”
Unfortunately, these tragedies are but a few of the incidents of workplace violence, several incidents also occurred in 2007.
From the tragic massacre at Virginia Tech to a shooting at Delaware State University and a stabbing at an Orlando Denny’s Restaurant, 2007 saw several incidents of workplace violence. The two more recent tragic episodes in Illinois and Missouri were simply the most recent.
A tragic event in September left two 17-year-old students dead at Delaware State. The school went on lockdown and the 1,700-member student body was confined to dormitories. Word of both the shooting and the lockdown went out over cell phones.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with several other law enforcement agencies, assisted campus police in the search for the shooter. Dover, Delaware police interviewed a student about the shooting later.
The incident at the University of Wisconsin involved a man who threatened to blow up an area hospital and fired several rounds near the building. Police said the bomb threat was false. The man was attempting to provoke a shoot-out with officers that would end in his death, police said.
“It’s a simple case of attempted ‘suicide by cop,’” said one officer at the scene, Burt Bruins.