Employment in South Carolina

Learning about employment law in South Carolina will help make you aware of whether or not your employers if following the guidelines set but the state of South Carolina.  Knowing whether your employer is following the rules will help you remain aware of whether or not your company is treating you fairly.

The Hiring Process

Employment law in South Carolina helps to ensure that all suitable candidates are given a fair opportunity to present themselves to employers.  During the interview and on the application employers can ask you information that is relevant to the position you are applying for. 

This includes asking whether or not you are eligible to work in the United States such as whether or not you have a passport.  Employers cannot ask personal information including your age or personal plans for the future such as whether or not you hope to have children.   Any employer that asks personal questions is violating the employment laws of South Carolina.

Employment Contracts

Most employers in South Carolina do not offer their employees contracts to sign.  If you are not under contract with an employee then you are considered to be working "at will".  With "at will" employment your employer can terminate your services with them at anytime as long as they have a valid reason.  These reasons can only be based on things that effect work performance and it is considered to be wrongful termination if a worker is let go for reasons such as race, religion, etc.

Safety at the Workplace

Employment law in South Carolina requires that employers give their workers a safe environment to operate in.  South Carolina has its own Occupational Health and Safety program, which ensures all workplaces are kept safe, and hazard free.  The state visits work sites to make sure they are compliance with state law. Employees also have the right to anonymously call in complaints about any workplace that is considered to be unsafe.

Injury at the Workplace

Even with proper safety measures being taken accidents do occasionally happen.  When they do the employer has the right to set limits on the amount paid for medical treatment and other benefits.  South Carolina employers are required to obtain insurance or, if they do not get workers compensation insurance, to be responsible for treatment themselves.  Compensation does not exceed 66% of an average weekly wage as determined by the South Carolina Employment Security Commission.

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