Memo Decision 09-14
A member of the public asked whether Waters of Life
Charter School (“WOLCS”) properly denied his request
for the payroll records of WOLCS from 2003 to the time of his request
(the “Payroll Records”).
OIP found that WOLCS had failed to meet its
burden to justify nondisclosure of the records. OIP did not have
the opportunity to review the records and WOLCS did not provide
any information as to what the records contained.
OIP, however, raised certain exceptions sua sponte and found that
the Payroll Records must be disclosed, subject to possible redaction
of (1) any individuals’ social security numbers, based on
the individuals’ privacy interests and because disclosure
is prohibited by statute; and (2) any payroll deductions, tax withholding
or net pay under the UIPA’s privacy exception, § 92F-13(1).
OIP advised that WOLCS should seek guidance from OIP before redacting
any other information.