South Carolina Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

South Carolina Hiring: What you need to know

The South Carolina Human Affairs Law prohibits employers from refusing to hire an applicant based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability (SC Code Sec. 1-13-10 et seq.). The law applies to employers with 15 or more employees.
Hiring veterans. South Carolina law specifically provides that it is not an unlawful employment practice to give preference in employment to a veteran.
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All South Carolina employers must register and participate in the E-Verify federal work authorization program to verify the work authorization of every new employee within 3 business days after employing a new employee. Detailed information is available at
State law requires employers of five or more employees to provide written notice to new employees at the time of hiring of:
• Normal hours
• Wages
• Time and place of payment
• Deductions that will be made from the wages, including payments to insurance programs
Employers must give employees 7 days' notice before reducing wages or changing the other terms. The employer has the option of giving written notification of the law's requirements by posting the terms conspicuously at or near the place of work (SC Code Sec. 41-10-30).
Exceptions. Exceptions from these requirements are made for wage increases and for employers of domestic workers.
South Carolina's new hire law requires the reporting of all new hires and all rehires of former employees. Reports must be made within 20 days of the date of hire or rehire. Failure to report as required can result in the assessment of fines against the employer (SC Code Sec. 43-5-598). “New hire” includes an ...

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