Vermont weighs controversial US payroll legislation
May 21, 2012
U.S. payroll legislation
that would require school districts in Vermont to open their bank accounts upon the request of workers is facing stiff opposition from some school finance officials, according to the Bennington Banner.
The Vermont National Education Association and other proponents of the U.S. payroll compliance
change argue that the legislation would improve low-paid school employees' financial management capabilities by allowing them to spread their pay over 12 months instead of 10. However, some school finance officials - including Richard Pembroke, chief financial officer for Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union - have expressed concern about the increased burden this will place on local school business administrators, and ultimately taxpayers.
"As I read this thing, we have to be their personal bankers. We have to open up individual accounts within the district and we have to disburse money as people request it," said Pembroke, as quoted by the news source
. "That's horrendous."
Another provision of the S. 95 bill
that includes the pending payroll law would require employers to furnish required work apparel to employees.