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August 29, 2012

Payroll deductions


Payroll deductions
Westchester County Correction Officers Benevolent Association, 33 PERB 3025

Although a "letter ruling" by the Internal Revenue Service advised the employer that it had the discretion to withhold income tax from the wages of individuals on workers' compensation leave or receiving benefit pursuant to Section 207-c of the General Municipal Law bi-weekly and reimburse the employee for such deductions annually or elect not to make such deductions, PERB ruled that it was an improper practice for the employer to change its procedure from not making such deductions to making bi-weekly deductions without first negotiating the change with the employee organization even where the claim for such benefits was controverted by the employer since the exercise of discretion is generally subject to a duty to bargain.

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