AN ACT AMENDING THE NORTH CAROLINA CONSTITUTION TO SET THE STATE MINIMUM WAGE.
Subject to the approval of voters at a statewide general election held on November 8, 2016, enacts new Section 38 of Article I of the state constitution to set the minimum wage six months after enactment at $8.80 an hour. Provides for automatic adjustment to be made to the hourly wage amount by the NC Department of Labor on September 30 of each year, to take effect on January 1 of the following year. The adjusted wage will be calculated using the Consumer Price Index. Provides for protection from discrimination for the exercise of any rights protected by this amendment. Provides for a civil action for people aggrieved by violations of this amendment, with specified relief, damages, and penalties. Provides that legislation is not required to enforce these provisions but is permissible. Allows the General Assembly to establish additional remedies and fines for violations. Includes a severability clause. If approved by voters, the amendment becomes effective December 1, 2016.
Amends GS 95-25.3, Minimum wage, making conforming changes reflecting the above constitutional amendment if the constitutional amendment is approved.
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