2006 Alabama Code - Section 25-4-31 — Treasurer; separate accounts; disposition of interest and penalties.

(a) The director shall designate an employee of the unemployment compensation agency as treasurer of the fund who shall pay all vouchers or checks duly drawn upon the fund, in such manner as the director may prescribe. The director shall also designate an employee of the unemployment compensation agency as alternate treasurer who, in case of extended absence of the treasurer shall, upon written notice from the director, perform all duties of the treasurer. The treasurer shall maintain within the fund the following separate accounts: a clearing account; an unemployment trust fund account; an unemployment benefit payment account; and such other account or accounts as may be necessary for the payment of any federal unemployment benefits. All moneys payable to the fund, upon receipt thereof by the director, shall be forwarded to the treasurer who shall immediately deposit them in the clearing account. Refunds payable pursuant to Section 25-4-137 (with the exception of refunds of interest and penalties collected pursuant to Sections 25-4-132, 25-4-133, and 25-4-134) may be paid from the clearing account upon warrants issued by the treasurer, as aforesaid, under the direction of the director. After clearance thereof, all other moneys in the clearing account (with the exception of said interest and penalties collected pursuant to Sections 25-4-132, 25-4-133, and 25-4-134, and any other collections required by this chapter to be transferred to the State Treasury) shall be deposited by warrants issued as aforesaid, with the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America to the credit of the account of this state in the unemployment trust fund established and maintained pursuant to Section 904 of the Social Security Act, any provisions of law in this state relating to the deposit, administration, release, or disbursement of moneys in the possession or custody of this state to the contrary notwithstanding. The benefit payment account shall consist of all moneys requisitioned from the state's account in the unemployment trust fund. Except as otherwise provided in this section, moneys in the clearing and benefit accounts may be deposited by the treasurer, under the direction of the director, in any bank or public depository in which general funds of the state may be deposited but no public deposit insurance charge or premium shall be paid out of the fund. The treasurer shall give bond conditioned upon the faithful performance of his duties as treasurer of the fund in a form prescribed by statute or approved by the Attorney General, and in an amount specified by the director and approved by the Governor. All premiums upon bonds required pursuant to this section when furnished by an authorized surety company or by a duly constituted governmental bonding firm shall be paid from the unemployment administration fund.

(b) Interest and penalties collected pursuant to Sections 25-4-132, 25-4-133, and 25-4-134 shall be deposited in the clearing account only for the purpose of transfer to the special employment security administration fund provided for in Section 25-4-142, and shall be spent in accordance with the provisions of said Section 25-4-142.

(c) Funds collected pursuant to the assessment made against wages paid by employers by Section 25-4-55 and Section 25-4-40.1 shall be deposited in the clearing account only for the purpose of transfer to the special interest payment fund and the employment security enhancement fund and shall be expended in accordance with the said provisions.

(Acts 1939, No. 497, p. 721; Code 1940, T. 26, §198; Acts 1945, No. 283, p. 449, § 3; Acts 1963, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 151, p. 340, § 2; Acts 1973, No. 1057, p. 1716, § 1; Acts 1988, 1st Ex. Sess., No. 88-783, p. 195, § 3; Acts 1992, No. 92-174, p. 285, § 3.)

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