2020 Georgia Code
Title 45 - Public Officers and Employees
Chapter 7 - Salaries and Fees
Article 2 - Reimbursement of Expenses
§ 45-7-23. Reimbursement for Relocation Expenses - Conditions

Universal Citation: GA Code § 45-7-23 (2020)

Before the reimbursement of expenses to transferred employees may take place, the following conditions must be satisfied:

  1. The department which employs the person transferred must certify that the move was in the best interest of the department and that the expenses incurred are reasonable and proper; and
  2. The employee must sign an agreement that he will remain employed by the department in the location to which the move was made for a period of not less than one year following the effective date of the move, unless separated or transferred for reasons beyond his control and acceptable to the department concerned. In case of violation of such agreement, any funds expended by the state for expense reimbursement will be recoverable from the employee concerned as a debt due the state.

(Ga. L. 1973, p. 708, § 2.)

OPINIONS OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Transfer to foreign country and transfer back to Georgia constitute separate moves.

- Under O.C.G.A. § 45-7-23, the General Assembly intended to pay both moving expenses for employee when the employee is transferred to a foreign country and again when transferred back and each transfer is a separate move. 1981 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 81-42.

Employee may be required to commit to remain employed for one year after move.

- Department of Industry and Trade [now Department of Industry, Trade, and Tourism] is authorized to pay reasonable moving expenses for its employees who are transferred at convenience of department to a foreign country for both move to foreign country and for move back to Georgia so long as employee signs written commitment to remain in employ of department for at least one year after a reimbursable move. 1981 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 81-42.

RESEARCH REFERENCES

Am. Jur. 2d.

- 63C Am. Jur. 2d, Public Officers and Employees, § 287 et seq.

C.J.S.

- 67 C.J.S., Officers and Public Employees, § 388.

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