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Sec. 7. [§ 157.] Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all of such activities except to the extent that such right may be affected by an agreement requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment as authorized in section 8(a)(3) [section 158(a)(3) of this title].

Employee Rights

Employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act are afforded certain rights to join together to improve their wages and working conditions, with or without a union.

Union Activity

Employees have the right to attempt to form a union where none currently exists, or to decertify a union that has lost the support of employees.

Examples of employee rights include:

  • Forming, or attempting to form, a union in your workplace;

  • Joining a union whether the union is recognized by your employer or not;

  • Assisting a union in organizing your fellow employees;

  • Refusing to do any or all of these things.

  • To be fairly represented by a union

 

Activity Outside a Union

Employees who are not represented by a union also have rights under the NLRA.  Specifically, the National Labor Relations Board protects the rights of employees to engage in “concerted activity”,  which is when two or more employees take action for their mutual aid or protection regarding terms and conditions of employment.  A single employee may also engage in protected concerted activity if he or she is acting on the authority of other employees, bringing group complaints to the employer’s attention, trying to induce group action, or seeking to prepare for group action.

A few examples of protected concerted activities are:

  • Two or more employees addressing their employer about improving their pay.

  • Two or more employees discussing work-related issues beyond pay, such as safety concerns, with each other.

  • An employee speaking to an employer on behalf of one or more co-workers about improving workplace conditions.

Who is covered?

Most employees in the private sector are covered by the NLRA. However, the Act specifically excludes individuals who are:

  • employed by Federal, state, or local government

  • employed as agricultural laborers

  • employed in the domestic service of any person or family in a home

  • employed by a parent or spouse

  • employed as an independent contractor

  • employed as a supervisor (supervisors who have been discriminated against for refusing to violate the NLRA may be covered)

  • employed by an employer subject to the Railway Labor Act, such as railroads and airlines

  • employed by any other person who is not an employer as defined in the NLRA

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NORTH CAROLINA UNARMED SECURITY GUARDS LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

State Security Licensing Authorities: North Carolina

 
NORTH CAROLINA UNARMED SECURITY GUARD LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

An applicant for registration shall:

  • be at least 18 years of age;

  • be a citizen of the United States or a resident alien;

  • be of good moral character and temperate habits.

  • not have been declared by any court of competent jurisdiction incompetent by reason of mental disease or defect; or not have been involuntarily committed to an institution for treatment of mental disease or defect by a district court judge.

  • not have had a revocation of a registration.

 

Each employer shall submit and sign an application form for the registration of each employee to the Board.  This form shall be accompanied by:

  • two sets of classifiable fingerprints on an applicant fingerprint card;

  • two recent head and shoulders color photographs of the applicant of acceptable quality for identification, one inch by one inch in size;

  • certified statement of the result of a criminal records search from the appropriate governmental authority housing criminal record information or clerk of superior court in each area where the applicant has resided within the immediate preceding 48 months;

  • the applicant’s non-refundable registration fee; and

  • actual cost charged to the Private Protective Services Board by the State Bureau of Investigation to cover the cost of criminal record checks performed by the State Bureau of Investigation, collected by the Private Protective Services Board.

 

Applicants for an unarmed security guard registration shall complete a basic training course for unarmed security guards within 30 days from the date of permanent hire.  The course shall consist of a minimum of 16 hours of classroom instruction including:

  • The Security Officer in North Carolina — (minimum of one hour);

  • Legal Issues for Security Officers — (minimum of three hours);

  • Emergency Response — (minimum of three hours);

  • Communications — (minimum of two hours);

  • Patrol Procedures — (minimum of three hours);

  • Note Taking and Report Writing — (minimum of three hours);

  • Deportment — (minimum of one hour).

  • A minimum of four hours of classroom instruction shall be completed within 20 calendar days of a probationary or regular security guard being placed on a duty station.

 

Fees for unarmed security guards are as follows:

  • thirty dollar ($30.00) non‑refundable initial registration fee;

  • thirty dollar ($30.00) annual renewal, or reissue fee;

  • fifteen dollar ($15.00) transfer fee; and

  • twenty-five dollars ($25.00) late renewal fee to be paid within 90 days from the date the registration expires and to be paid in addition to the renewal fee.

 

Fees shall be paid in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Private Protective Services Board.

State License Application

NORTH CAROLINA ARMED SECURITY GUARD LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

Applicants for an armed security guard registration shall meet all the minimum requirements for the unarmed security guard.

Each armed security guard employer shall submit and sign an application form for the registration of each armed security guard applicant to the Board.  This form shall be accompanied by:

  • two sets of classifiable fingerprints on an applicant fingerprint card;

  • two head and shoulders color photographs of the applicant sufficient quality for identification, one inch by one inch in size;

  • a certified statement of the result of a criminal records search from the clerk of superior court in each county where the applicant has resided within the immediate preceding 48 months.  If the applicant has resided out of state within the immediate preceding 48 months, the applicant shall provide a certified statement of the result of a criminal records search from the appropriate governmental authority housing criminal record information in each area where the applicant has resided within the immediate preceding 48 months;

  • the applicant’s non-refundable registration fee

  • a statement signed by a certified trainer that the applicant has successfully completed the training requirements of 12 NCAC 07D .0807

  • a certification by the applicant that he or she is at least 21 years of age.

 

Applicants for an armed security guard firearm registration permit shall complete a basic training course for armed security guards which consists of at least 20 hours of classroom instruction including:

  • legal limitations on the use of handguns and on the powers and authority of an armed security guard, including familiarity with rules and regulations relating to armed security guards (minimum of four hours);

  • handgun safety, including range firing procedures (minimum of one hour);

  • handgun operation and maintenance (minimum of three hours);

  • handgun fundamentals (minimum of eight hours); and

  • night firing (minimum of four hours).

 

Applicants for an armed security guard firearm registration permit shall attain a score of at least 80 percent accuracy on a firearms range qualification course adopted by the Board and the Attorney General, a copy of which is on file in the Director’s office.  Should a student fail to attain a score of 80 percent accuracy as referenced above, the student will be given an additional three attempts to qualify on the course of fire they did not pass.  Failure to meet the qualification after three attempts shall require the student to repeat the entire Basic Training Course for Armed Security Guards.  All additional attempts must take place within 20 days of the completion of the initial 20-hour course.

All armed security guard training required by 12 NCAC 07D shall be administered by a certified trainer and shall be successfully completed no more than 90 days prior to the date of issuance of the armed security guard firearm registration permit.

All applicants for an armed security guard firearm registration permit must obtain training under the provisions of this Section using their duty weapon and their duty ammunition or ballistic equivalent ammunition, to include lead-free ammunition that meets the same point of aim, point of impact, and felt recoil of the duty ammunition, for all weapons.

The armed security officer is required to qualify annually both day and night.  If the security officer fails to qualify on either course of fire, the security officer cannot carry a firearm until such time as they meet the qualification requirements.

Fees for armed security guard firearm registration permits are as follows:

  • thirty dollars ($30.00) non‑refundable initial registration fee;

  • thirty dollars ($30.00) annual renewal, or reissue fee; and

  • fifteen dollar ($15.00) application fee.

 

Fees shall be paid in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Private Protective Services Board.

State License Application

SOUTH CAROLINA UNARMED SECURITY GUARDS LICENSING REQUIREMENTS

State Security Licensing Authorities: South Carolina

 
SOUTH CAROLINA SECURITY GUARD LICENSE

Security Guard Registrations are issued by SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division) and are valid for one year from date of issue. Persons holding commissions or appointments that confer law enforcement authority and administrative employees of public law enforcement agencies may not hold private security registrations. Officers of the South Carolina Department of Corrections who hold limited-authority law enforcement commissions, as defined by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, are exempt from this restriction for purposes of employment as private security officers.

Required fees must be received with the application form and must be in the form of a valid business check, cashier check or money order.   The following fees are applicable and are non-refundable:

Private Security Officer Registration

  • Armed: $110.00 annually

  • Unarmed: $65.00 annually

  • Replacement-lost or destroyed card: $20.00

 

Each candidate for registration as a private security officer must qualify by successfully completing a basic training course approved by SLED. The standard basic training course consists of four or more hours of training by a certified private security company training officer and must consist of the latest material provided to the trainer by the South Carolina Technical College Private Security Training School.  Such basic training must be completed; a written examination administered and scored, accurate results of the testing documented in the employer’s files, and application for registration received by SLED before the security officer begins duties at a client site.  A candidate who successfully completes such basic training will, upon issuance of a registration card by SLED, be designated as a Registered Private Security Officer. The security officer must complete an additional minimum two hours of orientation and training by a certified company-training officer.

Armed Security Guard

In addition to the training required, a private security officer who will be authorized to carry a firearm must, before being issued, authorized or permitted to carry a firearm on duty, successfully complete a course approved by SLED, consisting of a minimum of four hours of training by a private security company certified training officer or law enforcement firearms instructor currently certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, in the safe and proper use of the specific type(s) of firearm(s) to be issued or carried.  Such training must:

  • Adhere to the lesson plan(s) and course(s) of fire provided by the South Carolina Technical College Private Security Training School, and

  • Include a demonstration of the safe and competent use of the firearm on a range supervised and documented by a private security company certified training officer or law enforcement firearms instructor currently certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

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