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March 14, 2010
What are Wage Garnishments?

In a BLR webinar presentation entitled ‘Payroll: How to Legally Handle Tax Levies and Garnishments’, Attorneys Clint Robison and Amy Jensen explain that a writ of garnishment is a legal or equitable procedure through which an employee’s earnings are withheld for payment of a debt. Other main points to be noted about wage garnishments include:

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  • Federal law exempts from garnishment 75% of disposable earnings per week, or an amount up to thirty times the federal minimum hourly wage, whichever is greater
  • Some states still have wage garnishment laws in place; however, when the federal law provides a larger exemption than the state law, the federal law supersedes the state law

Clint Robison is a highly regarded employment attorney providing counseling and litigation services to public and private companies. Clint Robinson can be reached at crobison@hinshawlaw.com. Amy Jensen provides counseling and litigation services to a variety of companies, including restaurants, retail, manufacturing, and financial companies. Amy Jensen can be reached at ajensen@hinshawlaw.com.

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