The protocol in this review may include one or both of the following:1. Interview with a percentage of employees regarding verification2. Access to a sequential three-month period of redacted payrolls to determine complianceIn the case of a review of redacted payrolls, a 30-day notice will be given the employer. If an employer is found not to be paying a living wage and is unable to adjust their wages, Just Economics will remove the business from our Business Directory in a non-public manner.
As part of Certification, we ask each employer to post a “Living Wage Certification Information” poster provided by Just Economics, in an area that is highly visible to your employees and near your required NC labor law poster. It is important that the employer understand that employees may have questions or concerns about the employer’s application to become Living Wage Certified. All employers submitting an application for the first time or recertifying must agree not to take retaliatory action against an employee raising concerns. Should a concern be raised, Just Economics will follow the first step of the protocol. The second step of the protocol will follow should further review be necessary.
Just Economics will not approve or deny an application by an employer while there is a known and active employee organizing effort or collective bargaining labor dispute. Any application that is submitted during an active and known organizing campaign or collective bargaining labor dispute will be held by Just Economics until the organizing campaign, negotiations, or collective bargaining disputes are resolved.
- An employer may pay less than a living wage to apprentices, temporary or project-based employees, minors working part-time, interns, tipped employees, and a new hire in a probationary period not to exceed 90 days. These circumstances will require additional information and will be reviewed by our certification committee and board of directors.
- An employer may offset the wage rate by providing benefits that affect basic needs (healthcare, housing, food, or transportation). Any offset will require additional information and will be reviewed by our certification committee and board of directors.
Any questions regarding this fee or the process, should be directed to Carmen Ramos-Kennedy, Living Wage Program Coordinator, at 828-505-7466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.