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March 19, 2010
How to Handle Out-of-State Wage Garnishment Orders

In a BLR webinar entitled ‘Payroll: How To Legally Handle Tax Levies and Garnishments’, attorneys Clint Robison and Amy Jensen explain what should happen if your organization receives an out-of-state wage garnishment order.

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The attorneys present a sample scenario in which an employer is notified of a wage garnishment order applicable to an employee’s earnings. However, this wage garnishment order is issued by a state that is different to the one the employee works and lives in. Also, the employer does not have any offices nor does it do business in the state where the garnishment order originated from. Does the employer have to comply with this out-of-state order?

Yes, any valid wage garnishment order must be complied with and the procedures of the issuing state will govern the wage garnishment situation.

Clint Robison is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, one of the largest and oldest law firms in the country and can be reached at Amy Jensen is a senior employment attorney in the firm's Los Angeles office, who provides counseling and litigation services to a variety of companies. She can be reached at

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