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      RS 23:1538     


§1538.  Payroll reports; failure of employer to file; incorrect reports; determination of rates

A.(1)  If the administrator finds that any employer has failed to file any payroll report or has filed a report which the administrator finds incorrect or insufficient, the administrator may make an estimate of the information required from the employer on the basis of the best evidence reasonably available to him at the time, and notify the employer thereof by registered mail addressed to his last known address. Unless the employer files the report or a corrected or sufficient report, as the case may be, no later than twenty days after the mailing of the notice, the administrator may compute such employer's rate of contribution on the basis of such estimates, and the rate so determined shall be subject to increase or decrease on the basis of subsequently ascertained information.

(2)  If the administrator finds that any employer has failed to file any payroll report in the manner prescribed or approved by the administrator for more than twenty days after the date upon which the report was due, the administrator may assess a penalty. In the case of a failure to file, failure to fully complete, or late filing of any payroll report, the specific penalty shall be twenty-five dollars for that quarter, if the failure is for not more than thirty days, with an additional penalty of twenty-five dollars, for each additional thirty-day period or fraction thereof during which the failure continues, not to exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars.

(3)  The provisions of this Subsection shall apply to all employers covered by this Title, including but not limited to those employers covered by R.S. 23:1552.

B.  If a corporation has failed to make employer contributions as prescribed in R.S. 23:1536, or has failed to properly file reports as required by this Section, those officers or directors having control or supervision of or charged with the responsibility of filing such reports and remitting such contributions shall be personally liable for the total amount of such contributions not collected, accounted for, or not remitted, together with any interest, penalties, and fees accruing thereon.  Collection of the total amount due may be made from any one or any combination of such officers or directors by use of any of the alternative remedies for the collection of said funds.

C.  No employee who is not an officer or director shall be found personally liable for failure to make employer contributions as required by law.

Acts 1987, No. 463, §1; Acts 2009, No. 191, §1, eff. April 1, 2010; Acts 2012, No. 151, §1; Acts 2014, No. 419, §1.

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