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Bill Would Let Companies Withhold Money From Paychecks for uniforms, Other Expenses

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January 27, 2015 —

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that lets companies pull money out of employee paychecks for uninforms, education and other expenses could receive a vote next week in the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 1469, authored by Rep. David Ober, R- Albion, also says that employers who fail too pay their staff on time may be subject to damages, court costs, and reasonable fees for the attorneys’ costs of recouping the money.

The bill allows for employers to take certain costs out of the employee’s paycheck – instead of requiring that it come straight out of the employee’s pocket. Costs include the purchase, rental or use of uniforms or equipment, reimbursement for education or employee skills training, and advance for payroll or vacation pay or means eaten by the employee at work.

“It’s really, in my experience where I have seen this used is always been something that is more beneficial to the employee, himself, then the employers. The employer provides this as a convenience to the employee,” said Rep. Jerry Torr, R- Carmel.

A similar bill passed the House last year but never passed in the Senate.

In the Judiciary Committee on Monday, lawmakers were still debating the language of the legislation and postponed a vote until next week.

“It’s a different committee this year than last year, it was in the Labor Committee and this year it is in Judiciary,” Ober said. “A lot of their main profession is attorneys, so a few of them have seen some of these cases and want to make sure the policy is right.”


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