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      RS 23:1546     


§1546.  Default in payment of contributions; privilege against property of employer; recordation and rank

A.  If any employer defaults in any payment of contributions or interest, or penalties thereon, then the administrator or his duly authorized representatives may make in any manner feasible, and cause to be recorded in the mortgage records of any parish in which such employer is engaged in business and/or owns real or personal property, and with the office of the secretary of state for inclusion in the master index authorized under R.S. 10:9-519 a statement under oath showing the amount of the contributions, interest, and penalties in default; which statement, when filed for record, shall operate as a first lien, privilege, and mortgage on all of the real and personal property of the employer from the date of such filing only, and shall not affect liens, privileges, chattel mortgages, security interests under Chapter 9 of the Louisiana Commercial Laws, or mortgages already affecting or burdening such property at the date of such filing; however, such filing shall be sufficient to cover all unpaid contributions, interest, and penalties that may accrue after such filing and the property of such employer shall be subject to seizure and sale for the payment of such contributions, interest, and penalties according to the preference and rank of said lien, privilege, security interest, and mortgage securing their payment.

B.  The administrator may release all or any portion of the property subject to any lien or judgment obtained under any provision of this Chapter from such lien or judgment, or may subordinate such lien or judgment to other liens and encumbrances if he determines that the contributions, interest, and penalties are sufficiently secured by a lien or judgment on other property, or through other security, or that the release, partial release, or subordination of such lien or judgment will not endanger or jeopardize the collection of such contributions, interest, or penalties.

Acts 1988, No. 494, §1; Acts 1989, No. 137, §1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989; Acts 2001, No. 128, §10, eff. July 1, 2001.

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