HB2646 H I&L AM #1 1-29
The Committee on Industry and Labor moved to amend the bill on page 1, by striking everything after the enacting clause, and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
“ARTICLE 5. WAGE PAYMENT AND COLLECTION.
§ 21-5-4a. Safe Harbor.
(a) An employee, in bringing an action for the underpayment or nonpayment of wages and fringe benefits due upon the employee’s separation of employment as contemplated by §21-5-4 of this code, is not entitled to seek liquidated damages or attorney’s fees from an employer without first making a written demand, as defined in subsection (c) of this section, to the employer seeking the payment of any alleged underpayment or nonpayment as set forth in this section. The written demand shall be mailed or delivered to the employer’s correct address or delivered to the employer’s authorized representative. Upon receiving a written demand, the employer has 7 calendar days from receipt to correct the alleged underpayment or nonpayment of the wages and fringe benefits due. If, after the 7 days, the employer has not corrected the alleged underpayment or nonpayment, or otherwise disputes the allegation, the employee shall be allowed to seek liquidated damages and attorney’s fees. Nothing in this section prohibits the employee from presenting a claim under this article without making a written demand to the employer.
(b) In a class action lawsuit brought under this article for the underpayment or nonpayment of wages and fringe benefits due upon the employee’s separation of employment, participation in the class shall be limited only to those individual employees who have made a written demand on the employer as required in subsection (a) of this section.
(c) For purposes of this section, a “written demand” means any writing, including e-mail, from or on behalf of an employee stating that the employer has not paid all of the wages or fringe benefits which the employee is owed.”