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GEORGIA: Payroll law update, July-Dec. 2011

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Garnishment. The state supreme court has agreed with the State Bar of Georgia that a garnishment proceeding is a legal procedure, that only lawyers may represent corporations and, therefore, that a nonlawyer (i.e., an employer) that answers a garnishment summons is engaged in the unlicensed practice of law.

Income tax withholding. The phrase “Internal Revenue Code” means the federal tax code as amended and in effect on Jan. 1, 2011. (H.B. 168, L. 2011)

Work authorization. All public contractors must register and use E-Verify.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, as a condition for seeking business licenses, occupational tax certificates or other documents, employers that employ at least 500 employees must complete affidavits to prove that they used the E-Verify program to check the work status of new hires. On July 1, 2012, the threshold drops to 100 employees, and on July 1, 2013, to more than 11 employees. Employers that employ fewer than 11 employees must sign affidavits proving that they’re excluded from these provisions. The size of em­­ployers’ workforces will be determined annually on Jan. 1. Affidavits must include employers’ federal Employer Identification Numbers. (Act 252, L. 2011)

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