Wage payment and wage assignment

H.E.A. 1469, P.L. 193-2015
Effective: July 1, 2015

Provides that an employer who fails to make timely payment of wages or withholds wages shall pay the wages due, a reasonable fee for the plaintiff’s attorney, and court costs. Provides that if a court finds that the failure to pay the employee was not in good faith, the court shall order that the employee be paid an amount equal to two times the amount of wages due the employee as liquidated damages.

Provides that an employee may assign wages for:

  • the purchase, rental, or use of uniforms or equipment necessary to fulfill theduties of employment, provided that the total amount of wages assigned may not exceed the lesser of: (A) $2,500 per year; or (B) 5% of the employee’s weekly disposable earnings;
  • reimbursement for education or employee skills training, unless the education or employee skills training were provided through an economic development incentive from a federal, state, or local program;
  • an advance for payroll or vacation pay; and
  • merchandise, goods, or food offered by the employer, for the employee’s benefit, use, or consumption, at the written request of the employee.

The full law is available at: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2015/bills/house/1469