North Carolina Paychecks: What you need to know

"Wages" are defined as compensation for labor or services performed by an employee whether calculated on a time, task, piece, job, day, commission, or other basis. Wages include the reasonable cost of furnishing employees with board, lodging, or other similar facilities. Wages also include sick pay, vacation pay, severance pay, commissions, bonuses, and "other amounts promised when the employer has a policy or a practice of making such payments" (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 95-25.2).
Department of Labor (DOL) regulations state that "other amounts promised" include, but are not limited to, travel expenses, holiday pay, birthday pay, jury duty pay, shift premium pay, prizes, moving expenses, educational expenses, and telephone expenses.
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Employers must pay employees on a regular payday. Pay periods may be daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly, or monthly (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 95-25.6). Wages based on bonuses, commissions, or other forms of calculation may be paid as infrequently as annually, if prescribed in advance.
Deductions generally may be made from wages when required by law such as Social Security and income tax by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, and when authorized in writing by the employee (NC Gen. Stat. Sec. 95-25.8).
North Carolina laws do not require a specific form of payment. Therefore, the employer may select any legal form of payment, as long as payment is made in full on the designated payday, subject to authorized deductions and legal withholdings. Acceptable forms of payment include cash, money order, negotiable checks, direct deposit into an institution whose deposits are insured by the U. S. government or an institution selected by the employee, ...

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