New 2013 Laws
Updated: Tuesday, January 1 2013, 11:46 AM EST
North Carolina adopts several new laws for 2013, everything from stricter background checks for childcare workers to tougher penalties for thieves caught stealing restaurant grease.
More than a dozen laws and policy changes take effect on January 1st. Workers in day care centers face new guidelines to protect the safety of children. Broader and more frequent criminal background checks will be required and no one with a conviction for child abuse, sex offenses or attempted sex offenses will be permitted to work in a child care center.
Fines and penalties will be going up for anyone caught pilfering spent grease from restaurants. Restaurants have started selling the oils to recyclers who use it in the production of biofuels. Thieves have gone so far as to break into locked containers to make off with the valuable grease. It now becomes a misdemeanor crime and felony for anyone caught with more than a thousand dollars worth of the product.
Other changes include battling illegal immigration through e-verify. Cities, counties and employers of more than a hundred people will have to use the federal e-verify system to authorize new hires. Companies employing 25 to 99 will have to comply in July.
By Frank Fraboni
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