AN ACT AMENDING THE WAGE AND HOUR LAWS TO REQUIRE MANDATORY PAID WORK BREAKS AND PAID MEAL PERIODS, TO ELIMINATE THE SUBMINIMUM WAGE FOR TIPPED EMPLOYEES BY NOT COUNTING TIPS AS WAGES, AND TO PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION OR RETALIATION AGAINST AN EMPLOYEE FOR DISCLOSING WAGE INFORMATION.
Enacts new GS 95-25.6A to require employees working more than six continuous hours during a 24-hour period to be provided a paid meal period of 60 minutes and at least one paid 15 minute break. Employees working six continuous hours or less during a 24-hour period are to be provided at least one paid 15 minute break.
Amends GS 95-25.3 by prohibiting tips from being counted as wages. Makes conforming deletions.
The above provisions are effective January 1, 2022.
Enacts new GS 95-25.6B prohibiting employers from (1) requiring, as a condition of employment, that an employee refrain from disclosing the amount of the employee's wages; (2) requiring an employee to sign a document that denies the employee the right to disclose the amount of the employee's wages; or (3) discharging, disciplining, or discriminating against an employee for inquiring about, disclosing, comparing, or otherwise discussing the employee's wages or any other employee's wages.
Amends GS 95-241 by prohibiting taking retaliatory action against an employee because the employee exercises rights under new GS 95-25.6B or threatens to do so.
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