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January 11, 2007

Remove Social Security Numbers from Paychecks

Maryland employers may no longer include Social Security numbers on employee paychecks, attachments to employees’ wage payment checks, notices of direct deposit, or notices of wage credits to debit cards or card accounts.

This new rule is a result of HB 388, which was passed by the Maryland General Assembly last session. The bill, which was supported by the Chamber, passed amid growing concern about identity theft. The Chamber worked last session to move the effective date from October 2006 to January 2007 to give employers more time to prepare for the change.

The law will be enforced by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s (DLLR) Division of Labor and Industry. An employer who violates the law can also face criminal charges with a maximum penalty of $1000.00. For more information, visit DLLR’s website here.

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