Scammers Target Businesses Over Minimum Wage Increase

Would you pay hundreds of dollars for something if you could get it for free? Well, if you were threatened with a $7,000 fine you just might.

The North Carolina Department of Labor is alerting employers across the state to be aware of a scam that makes you pay for labor law posters--which can be obtained for free from the state.

With the federal minimum wage change on Friday, private companies are telling employers they must pay for the updated labor law poster or else they will face a several thousand-dollar penalty. But, what many employers may not know, these posters are free.

The North Carolina Department of Labor warns employers to watch our for the scam this week. Danny Alston with the Employee Securities Office in Greenville says, "Of course, there are certain posters employers are required by law to display. And they'll get these unsolicited letters saying by law you are required to have the forms, letters, and flyers, and of course they charge you for it."

Alston says the posters are free and there are a couple different ways to stay legal without having to pay. "Definitely call us and see if we got them in stock. If not, you should be able to go to a Department of Labor website and download them free of charge."

Some businesses may not even need a new poster. The North Carolina Department of Labor updated its posters when the three-stage wage increase was decided on by Congress in 2007. Any businesses that received posters about the three-stage wage increase, does not need a new set.

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