A bill that would let companies pull money out of employee paychecks for uniforms, 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 they 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. Advances for payroll or vacation pay or meals eaten by the employee at work would also be included.
“In my experience, where I have seen this used has 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.