Unclaimed Paychecks: Escheatment Trends & Best Practices
1 hour 30 minutes
Gain a clear understanding of what is encompassed under unclaimed property as it relates to payroll and how to avoid legal pitfalls of unclaimed checks.
When checks and other types of instruments are provided to employees for the payment of wages, bonuses, or reimbursements, or to other vendors as compensation for personal services, are not cashed or utilized; payments are not made when due or are issued in the correct amounts; or checks and instruments are lost and replaced, businesses many years later may be subject to audits that result in substantial liabilities under state unclaimed property and escheat laws. These laws are often enforced on behalf of states by contingent fee auditors who will scrutinize records for errors and omissions over a 10-to-15-year period and utilize statistical projections to determine amounts not paid to states when due. Many states add punitive rates of interest of up to 12% to the amounts determined to be due and may also add civil penalties. This topic will help managers of payroll and human relations departments and other company personnel and consultants understand the purpose of unclaimed property and escheat laws; what their obligations are under these laws; how to determine to which states reports must be filed and unclaimed property remitted; when reports must be filed, and payments made; and how to reduce exposure for liabilities under these laws.
• You will be able to review functions and importance of unclaimed property laws.
• You will be able to identify obligations and liabilities imposed on business associations by unclaimed property laws.
• You will be able to discuss what rules apply to unclaimed wages, commissions, bonuses, reimbursements, and other compensation for personal services.
• You will be able to describe best practices for the management of unclaimed property, especially as applied to wages, commissions, bonuses, reimbursements, and other compensation for personal services.