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The law you are referring to is South Carolina Stat. 41-10-50, which provides: " When an employer separates an employee from the payroll for any reason, the employer shall pay all wages due to the employee within forty-eight hours of the time of separation or the next regular payday which may not exceed thirty days."
Section 40-10-10 defines "wages" for this purpose as follows: "(2) 'Wages' means all amounts at which labor rendered is recompensed, whether the amount is fixed or ascertained on a time, task, piece, or commission basis, or other method of calculating the amount and includes vacation, holiday, and sick leave payments which are due to an employee under any employer policy or employment contract. Funds placed in pension plans or profit sharing plans are not wages subject to this chapter."
Moving expense reimbursements are not a form of "wage" pursuant to this definition. They are simply a form of cost reimbursement and 41-10-50 does not impose penalties for failure to reimburse costs by the next regularly scheduled payday. So, I'm afraid your sole recourse would be to claim interest for the delay in repayment through a lawsuit in civil court. However, the amount you'd stand to recover would be so small as to not be worth pursuing, and so really there is no sense in pursuing legal action unless your employer fails to pay altogether.
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