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NORTH DAKOTA: Payroll law update, July-Dec. 2011

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Child support. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, employers that have 25 or more employees, and that receive five or more income withholding orders, must electronically remit the amounts withheld. Employers that don’t meet those threshold requirements may opt out of electronic remitting in writing. The requirement to remit electronically may be waived if employers show good cause. (S.B. 2258, L. 2011)

New-hire reporting. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, all employers must report whether they offer health insurance. Employers that have 25 or more em­­ployees must submit new-hire reports electronically. The requirement to report electronically may be waived if employers show good cause. (S.B. 2258, L. 2011)

Payment of wages. Employers may withhold the value of accrued time off from a voluntarily terminating employee’s final wages if the employee was provided with written notice that withholding could occur, the employee was employed for less than one year and the employee provided less than five days’ written or verbal notice of termination. Employees may report violations to the labor commissioner. The labor commissioner must investigate claims made within 30 days of the alleged violation; reporting claims made after 30 days is at the commissioner’s discretion. (S.B. 2138, L. 2011)

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