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South Carolina - Wage and Hour Laws - Employment Law Handbook

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Minimum Wage

South Carolina has not established a minimum wage rate.
For more information on South Carolina's minimum wage laws, visit our South Carolina Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Overtime

South Carolina does not have laws governing the payment of overtime. Federal overtime laws apply. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.

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Meals and Breaks

South Carolina does not have any laws requiring an employer to provide a meal period or breaks to employees, thus the federal rule applies. SC Dept. of Labor FAQs. The federal rule does not require an employer to provide either a meal (lunch) period or breaks. However, if an employer chooses to do so, breaks, usually of the type lasting less than 20 minutes, must be paid. Meal or lunch periods (usually 30 minutes or more) do not need to be paid, so long as the employee is free to do as they wish during the meal or lunch period. DOL: Breaks and Meal Periods.
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Vacation Leave

Information about South Carolina vacation leave laws may now be found on our South Carolina Leave Laws page.
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Sick Leave

Information about South Carolina sick leave laws may now be found on our South Carolina Leave Laws page.
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Holiday Leave

Information about South Carolina holiday leave laws may now be found on our South Carolina Leave Laws page.
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Jury Duty Leave

Information about South Carolina jury duty leave laws may now be found on our South Carolina Leave Laws page.
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Voting Leave

Information about South Carolina voting leave laws may now be found on our South Carolina Leave Laws page.
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Severance Pay

South Carolina law does not require employers to provide employees with severance pay. If an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
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