AN ACT SETTING THE MINIMUM WAGE OF ALL FIRST RESPONDERS IN THIS STATE AT FIFTEEN DOLLARS PER HOUR AND ESTABLISHING THE FIRST RESPONDERS FUND TO OFFSET TEMPORARILY INCREASED PAYROLL COSTS INCURRED BY EMPLOYERS OF FIRST RESPONDERS.
Amends GS 95-25.3 to add subsection (a1) (minimum wage) setting the minimum wage for first-responders at either $15 per hour or the federal minimum wage set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act, whichever is higher. This provision is effective January 1, 2022. Appropriates $52 million the State received in federal funds under the Consolidated Appropriations Act (2021 P.L.116-260) in fiscal year 2021-2022 to the Department of Commerce (Department) to establish the First Responders Fund. Directs that the allocated funds be used to provide grants to public and private employers of first-responders between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022, to cover 50% of the additional costs incurred by employers for one year as a result of the minimum wage increase in GS 95-25.3. Directs the Department to use $100,000 to cover administrative costs of the grant program. This provision is effective July 1, 2021.
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