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Sixteen new laws take effect in NC as 2013 begins

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RALEIGH – The final round of legislation for 2012 is in the books for North Carolina. The final bills to take effect vary from fish studies to daycare safety.

One group that needs to sit up and take note is small business employers around the state. Phase two of a three part law took effect at the turn of the calendar. It mandates that businesses with over 100 employees use the federal E-Verify software to check the immigration status of their employees.

“Its not a new system,” said Bruce Clarke, CAI President, a company that specializes in workplace optimization.“But if its new to you as a workplace, yeah, its another step in the hiring process and some percentage of those are going to require resolution.”

Earlier in 2012, the law took effect for businesses with more than 500 employees. By mid year in 2013, it will drop down to businesses with just 25 or more employees. Some said even though this is just one more step in the hiring process, it could make things more difficult.

“If you're 100 or more doesn't mean that you have plenty of staff or plenty of administrative support,” said Clarke. “And certainly next July when it hits 25 or more it will be even more so.”

Lawmakers are also looking to clean up the kitchen grease industry as of the first of the year. This is a growing industry now with growing problems with kitchen grease is theft on the rise.

The value of this commodity increasing since it now being used by small bio-diesel fuel producers. Under the new law, if you steal more than $1,000 worth of grease, you would be guilty of a felony.

With a look down the road in 2013, the Division of Motor Vehicles is starting the "tax and tag" system, where you will get your county vehicle tax bill and your vehicle registration bill at the same time. This one-two punch goes into effect in July and is aimed at stopping late vehicle registration payments.

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