Every employer subject to the wage and hour provisions must make and keep records of each employee's ages, wages paid, and hours worked (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 95-25.15). The labor commissioner may inspect the employer's premises and records, make copies of records, question employees, and investigate the facts and the employer's practices to determine whether the employer is in violation of the law.
Violators are subject to a civil penalty of up to $250 per employee, with a maximum of $2,000 per investigation. The amount of the penalty will be determined by the size of the business and the gravity of the violation (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 95-25.23A).
The commissioner may administer oaths, issue subpoenas, and compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of wage-related documents in any related proceeding (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 95-25-16).