Fees assessed against local government employers.
On or before July 1 of each year, the Board shall charge and collect a fee from each local government employer in an amount that is equal to not more than $10 for each local government employee of the local government employer who was employed by the local government employer during the first pay period of the immediately preceding fiscal year.
A local government employer shall pay the fee assessed pursuant to subsection 1 on or before July 31 of each year. A local government employer shall not assess the fee against its local government employees.
If a local government employer fails to pay the fee assessed pursuant to subsection 1 on or before July 31 of that year, the Board shall impose a civil penalty of not more than $10 for each local government employee employed by the local government employer for whom the fee was not paid.
A local government employer may not receive a reduction in the amount of the fee assessed pursuant to subsection 1 or a refund of that amount if a local government employee is not employed for a full calendar year. The fee must be assessed whether or not the local government employee is a member of an employee organization.
Any money received from the fees collected pursuant to subsection 1 must be accounted for separately and may be used only to carry out the duties of the Board.
To carry out the provisions of this section, the Board may verify the identity and number of local government employees employed by any local government employer by any reasonable means.