NC bans local government regulation of wages and hours

North Carolina has banned local government regulation of minimum wages, hours, benefits and other conditions of employment.

House Bill 2 amends the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act to preempt and supersede any ordinance, regulation, resolution or policy adopted or imposed by any unit of local government or political subdivision of the state that regulates or imposes any requirement on employers pertaining to compensation of employees, such as wage levels, hours of labor, payment of earned wages, benefits, leave, or well-being of minors in the workforce.

Exemption. The local ban on wages and hours would not apply to any of the following:

  • Local governments regulating, compensating or controlling their own employees;
  • Economic development incentives awarded under Chapter 143B or Article 1 of Chapter 158 of the General Statutes;
  • A requirement of federal community development block grants; or
  • Community Development Programs established under Sections 153A-376 or 160A-456 of the General Statutes.

Public contracts. In public contracts, H.B. 2 prohibits counties and cities from requiring private contractors to abide by any regulations or controls on the contractor’s employment practices or mandates or prohibitions on the provision of goods, services, or accommodations to any member of the public, except as provided under state law. (H.B. 2, Laws 2016, approved March 23, 2016, and effective immediately.)

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