2011 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 39 — Public finance
RS 39:247 — Direct deposit payroll system

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§247. Direct deposit payroll system

A.(1) The legislature finds that the Select Council on Revenues and Expenditures in Louisiana's Future (SECURE) has studied the state's payroll systems and found that the executive branch of state government has a complex of payroll systems with one hundred twenty-two separate payroll systems serving almost ninety-one thousand payees with an annual payroll totalling over $2.2 billion.

(2) The legislature further finds that issuing payroll checks bears the cost of purchasing, processing, and distributing checks and that implementing an electronic direct deposit system through the automated clearinghouse could result in cost savings to the state by reducing such operating and processing costs, providing increased control over funds, as well as greatly reduced expense for reconciliation of payroll accounts. Implementing such a system provides convenience and security to the state's employees by eliminating the risk of lost or stolen checks, facilitating timely deposit of paychecks regardless of vacation or illness, providing enhanced confidentiality of payroll information, and making the funds available to the employee on payday.

(3) The legislature further finds that the Uniform Payroll System (UPS) which is administered by the division of administration serves eighteen of the twenty state departments and some fifty-seven other state and quasi state agencies providing payroll to approximately fifty-two thousand of the state's ninety-three thousand personnel. The Department of Transportation and Development, the Louisiana Workforce Commission, and the state colleges and universities all have separate payroll systems serving their employees. According to reports received by the legislative auditor, the approximately one hundred five boards, commissions, and corporations of the state also have separate payroll systems for their personnel.

(4) The legislature further finds that while the executive branch agencies served by the UPS currently do not have an electronic direct deposit system in place, UPS has installed the electronic infrastructure necessary to operate such a system and is proceeding toward implementation of an electronic direct deposit system. According to information compiled by SECURE, the transportation and labor departments do not have an electronic direct deposit system. SECURE reports that the colleges and universities do offer a form of direct deposit to their employees. Although some boards, commissions, and corporations may have an electronic direct deposit system in place, SECURE had no data available to confirm the extent of such coverage.

(5) The legislature further finds that to provide this efficiency, the state should identify how and where direct deposit can most readily be implemented. Those agencies, such as those served by UPS, which have the electronic means to implement direct deposit should proceed as rapidly as possible toward that goal.

B. It is declared to be the purpose of this Section to:

(1) Require that all executive branch agencies, whether or not currently served by UPS, and all state boards, commissions, and corporations provide electronic direct deposit payroll for state employees.

(2) Establish a goal of implementing electronic direct payroll deposit by July 1, 2000.

C.(1) The commissioner of administration is hereby directed to develop and implement a uniform system for electronic direct deposit payroll through the Automated Clearing House for all executive departments and agencies, and only those boards and commissions over which the executive departments exercise budgetary and oversight authority. The system shall be required, at a minimum, to provide electronic direct deposit services to employees who occupy positions approved by the Department of State Civil Service within the executive branch of state government and to all full-time employees of such aforementioned boards and commissions; however, the commissioner of administration may authorize the direct deposit system to serve other classes of employees. For the purposes of this Section, "system" shall mean a general group of interacting, interrelated organizational components of any state department, board, commission, or corporation which in working together support the payroll process, and nothing herein shall be construed to limit such meaning to a particular electronic payroll data processing network or infrastructure and associated personnel which serve an entity.

(2) The commissioner is authorized to adopt all necessary standards and guidelines to implement a uniform electronic direct deposit payroll system among the existing operating payroll systems, including but not limited to organizational or structural specifications necessary to effectuate direct deposit and the delineation of operational payroll system responsibilities. The commissioner shall establish a timetable for implementation, and is also authorized to promulgate all rules and regulations necessary and proper toward the planning, establishment, and operation of the system, pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.

D. The division of administration shall report annually to the legislature, no later than thirty days prior to the regular session of the legislature, on the status of the implementation of the electronic direct deposit payroll system until the system is fully operational, including any efficiencies or cost savings which may be recognized therefrom.

Acts 1995, No. 789, §1; Acts 2008, No. 743, §7, eff. July 1, 2008.

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