3917.04 Deducting premiums from salary or wages.

(A)

(1) If any employee of a political subdivision or district of this state, or of an institution supported in whole or in part by public funds, authorizes in writing the proper officer of the political subdivision, district, or institution, of which the individual is an employee to deduct from the employee's salary or wages the premium or portion of the premium agreed to be paid by the employee to an insurer authorized to do business in the state for life, endowment, accident, health, or health and accident insurance, annuities, or hospitalization insurance, or salary savings plan, the political subdivision, district, or institution of which the individual is an employee may deduct from the employee's salary or wages the premium or portion of the premium agreed to be paid by that employee and pay it to the insurer, provided that life, endowment, accident, health, health and accident, and hospitalization insurance is offered to the employee on a group basis and also that at least ten per cent of the employees at any institution, or of any political subdivision, or in any department, agency, bureau, district, commission, or board voluntarily elect to participate in that group insurance.

Division (A)(1) of this section does not apply to employees paid by warrant of the director of budget and management.

(2) The proper officer of a political subdivision, district, or institution of which an individual is an employee may issue warrants covering salary or wage deductions that have been authorized by the employee in favor of the insurer and in the amount so authorized by the employee.

(B)

(1) The department of administrative services shall only offer employees paid by warrant of the director of budget and management voluntary supplemental benefit plans that are selected through a state-administered request for proposals process. If an employee authorizes the director of administrative services, in writing, to deduct the premium or a portion of the premium agreed to be paid by the employee to a voluntary supplemental benefit plan provider from the employee's salary or wages, the director may deduct this amount from the employee's salary or wages and pay it to the provider. Only those employees enrolled in a voluntary supplemental benefit plan on or before June 30, 2006, may continue to participate in a plan that was not selected through a state-administered request for proposals process.

(2) The director of budget and management may issue warrants covering salary or wage deductions that have been authorized by employees paid by warrant of the director in favor of the voluntary supplemental benefit plan provider in the amount authorized by those employees.

(C) A county auditor may deduct from a county employee's salary or wages the amount authorized to be paid by the employee for one or more qualified benefits available under section 125 of the "Internal Revenue Code of 1986," 26 U.S.C. 125 , and other benefits authorized under section 305.171 of the Revised Code, if the employee authorizes in writing that the county auditor may deduct that amount from the employee's salary or wages, and the benefit is offered to the employee on a group basis and at least ten per cent of the county employees voluntarily elect to participate in the receipt of that benefit.

The county auditor may issue warrants for amounts deducted under this division to pay program administrators or other insurers for benefits authorized under this section.

Cite as R.C. § 3917.04

History. Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.64, HB 225, §1, eff. 3/22/2012.

Effective Date: 05-17-1967; 03-30-2006