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SOUTH CAROLINA: Payroll law update, July-Dec. 2011

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Unemployment insurance. Beginning in 2011, employers can no longer make voluntary contributions. (Act 63, L. 2011)

Work authorization. Within three business days of hire, all private employers (not just employers with 100 or more employees) must use E-Verify to validate the work status of new hires. In addition, general contractors must maintain the contact phone numbers of all subcontractors and subsubcontractors working for them.

Penalties for violations have been revised. For a first offense, employers will be subject to a one-year probationary period during which they must file quarterly reports demonstrating compliance. Employers committing a second violation may have their business licenses suspended for not less than 10 days and not more than 30 days. Business licenses will be subject to revocation for up to five years for third and subsequent violations. (Act 69, L. 2011)

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