SB 101 provides clean-up language to SB 1618, which was
passed last year. SB 1618 was enacted to help reduce the
likelihood of identity theft by requiring that by January
1, 2008, all employers must only use the last four digits
or less of an employee's social security number or
otherwise use an existing employee identification number
other than a social security number when providing
employees with an itemized statement of earnings.
Existing law requires an employer to furnish each employee
with an accurate itemized statement showing, among other
things, the name of the employee and his or her social
security number, except that, by January 1, 2008, existing
law requires the employer to include no more than the last
4 digits of the employee's social security number or an
existing employee identification number other than a social
security number on any check provided to an employee.
This Bill would clarify two issues raised by language in SB
1618. First, it strikes the word existing as it relates to
employee identification numbers. Assuming most employers
are not currently using alternative identification numbers
to pay their employees, they must be allowed to establish
new employee identification numbers to implement the
provisions of the bill.