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H.B. 350





Chief Sponsor: Bradley M. Daw

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies a provision relating to employer deductions from employee wages.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    modifies a provision requiring an employer to deduct an employee's wages for
             13      union dues if directed to do so by an employee, giving the employer instead the
             14      ability to choose whether to deduct employee's wages if requested to do so;
             15          .    requiring an employer that chooses to deduct an employee's wages for union dues to
             16      deduct also for membership dues in any bona fide organization, if an employee
             17      requests the deduction;
             18          .    modifies a provision concerning the termination of the deductions; and
             19          .    makes technical changes.
             20      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          34-32-1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 220

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 34-32-1 is amended to read:
             30           34-32-1. Assignments to labor unions and other bona fide organizations -- Effect.
             31          (1) As used in this section:
             32          (a) "Employee" means a person employed by any person, partnership, public, private,
             33      or municipal corporation, school district, the state, or any political subdivision of the state.
             34          (b) "Employer" means the person or entity employing an employee.
             35          (c) [(i)] "Labor organization":
             36          (i) means a lawful organization of any kind that is composed, in whole or in part, of
             37      employees, and that exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of dealing with employers
             38      concerning grievances, labor disputes, wages, rates of pay, hours of employment, or other terms
             39      and conditions of employment[.];
             40          (ii) [Except] except as provided in Subsection (1)(c)(iii), ["labor organization"]
             41      includes each employee association and union for employees of public [and] or private sector
             42      employers[.]; and
             43          (iii) ["Labor organization"] does not include organizations governed by the National
             44      Labor Relations Act, 29 U.S.C. Sec. 151 et seq. or the Railroad Labor Act, 45 U.S.C. Sec. 151
             45      et seq.
             46          (d) "Membership dues" means dues, fees, money, or other assessments required as a
             47      condition of membership or participation in a bona fide organization other than a labor
             48      organization.
             49          [(d)] (e) "Union dues" means dues, fees, money, or other assessments required as a
             50      condition of membership or participation in a labor organization.
             51          (2) An employee may [direct] request an employer, in writing, to deduct from the
             52      employee's wages a specified sum for union dues, not to exceed 3% per month, to be paid to a
             53      labor organization designated by the employee.
             54          (3) If an employer chooses to deduct union dues as requested by an employee under
             55      Subsection (2), the employer shall:
             56          (a) allow any employee to request in writing that the employer deduct from the
             57      employee's wages a sum, not to exceed 3% per month, specified by the employee to be paid as
             58      membership dues to a bona fide organization designated by the employee; and

             59          (b) deduct from the employee's wages the sum specified by the employee and pay it to
             60      the organization designated by the employee.
             61          [(3)] (4) An employer shall promptly [commence or] cease making deductions for
             62      union dues or membership dues from the wages of an employee for the benefit of a labor
             63      organization or other bona fide organization, respectively, when the employer receives a
             64      written communication from the employee directing the employer to [commence or] cease
             65      making deductions.
             66          [(4)] (5) An employee's request that an employer cease making deductions from the
             67      employee's paycheck for union dues may not be conditioned upon a labor organization's:
             68          (a) receipt of advance notice of the request; or
             69          (b) prior consent to cessation of the deductions.
             70          [(5)] (6) A labor organization is not liable for any claim, service, or benefit that is:
             71          (a) available only to a member of the labor organization; and
             72          (b) terminated as a result of an employee's request that the employer cease making
             73      deductions for union dues.
             74          [(6)] (7) An employee may join a labor organization or terminate membership at any
             75      time. A person may not place a restriction on the time that an employee may join, or terminate
             76      membership with, a labor organization.
             77          [(7)] (8) An employee may not waive a provision of this section.

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