In a BLR webinar presentation entitled ‘Payroll: How to Legally Handle Tax Levies and Garnishments’, Attorneys Clint Robison and Attorney Amy Jensen discussed wage garnishment exceptions.
- Title III permits a greater amount of an employee’s wages to be garnished for child support, bankruptcy, or federal or state tax payments
- Title III allows up to 50 % of an employee's disposable earnings to be garnished for child support if the employee is supporting a current spouse or child, who is not the subject of the support order, and up to 60 % if the employee is not doing so
- An additional 5% may be garnished for support payments over 12 weeks in arrears
- The Debt Collection Improvement Act authorizes federal/collection agencies to garnish up to 15% of disposable earnings to repay defaulted debts owed to the government
- The Higher Education Act authorizes the Department of Education’s guaranty agencies to garnish up to 10% of disposable earnings to repay defaulted federal student loans
Clint Robison is a highly regarded employment attorney providing counseling and litigation services to public and private companies. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Amy Jensen is a senior employment and can be reached at email@example.com.