States vary as to whether or not vacation pay or sick leave pay must be paid to employees when their period of employment ends with a company. Although North Carolina does not require employers to provide paid time off, if the employer does promise vacation pay or vacation time off with pay, then the employer must have a written policy which clearly explains how earned vacation time can be taken away from them by the company. Amounts due and owing by businesses must be paid on or before the next regularly scheduled pay period for employees. North Carolina employers and employees with issues relating to unpaid leave or other wage claims can contact Maginnis Law, PLLC at 919.526.0450 or submit a new case inquiry here.
The North Carolina Wage and Hour Act can be applied to any amounts due and owing to employees, including overtime pay, wage pay, and owed vacation-time pay. Unless the employer can prove that they were acting in good faith, employees may also recover double damages and the employer can be held to be responsible for the employee’s attorney fees. Maginnis Law frequently takes unpaid wage claims from employees on a contingency basis, where you are not responsible for any attorney fees unless you prevail in the case.
Because of potential Wage and Hour Act liability, for business owners, it is important to make sure that your employee handbook is very clear on these items and that administratively the company is dealing with these employee-actions in a proper manner.
If you are an employee who is owed unpaid wages or a company seeking to create policies to insulate themselves from liability under the Wage and Hour Act, contact Maginnis Law at 919.526.0450 or submit a new case inquiry here. Maginnis Law is a Raleigh business litigation firm with attorneys handling matters throughout Wake County, including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest and Holly Springs. The firm also handles select matters, including Wage and Hour claims, in surrounding counties like Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, and Orange. Contact the firm for a free initial consultation regarding your business wages claims.