As of January 1, 2020, minimum wage increases will affect employers in numerous states and localities. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum wage for non-exempt employees remains at $7.25 per hour, but if a state or local law provides for a higher minimum wage than the federal law requires, employers subject to that state or local law must pay the higher rate. North Carolina’s minimum wage remains $7.25 per hour.
The state minimum wage increases that are effective as of January 1, 2020 and the new minimum rate per hour are:
Rate Per Hour
$12.00 and $13.00
Additionally, a number of localities across the country have implemented minimum wage rates higher than the federal minimum wage.
Employers should continue to be aware of wage rate changes and should monitor their pay practices in each of their locations to ensure compliance with all applicable wage and hour laws. Employers should also ensure that employees receive any required notices regarding a change in wage rate.
 For employers with 25 employees or fewer.
 For employers with 26 employees or more.