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March 16, 2010
Using Maximum Garnishment Information to Calculate Garnishment for an Employee

In a BLR webinar entitled ‘Payroll: How to Legally Handle Tax Levies and Garnishments’, attorneys Clint Robison and Amy Jensen discuss how available information regarding the maximum permissible garnishment per employee is used to calculate garnishment withholdings. For example, for the following sample earnings for an employee, the following maximum garnishments can apply:

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  • Weekly earnings of $217.50 or less: No garnishment
  • Weekly earnings of $217.51 - $290: $$ Above $217.50
  • Weekly earnings of $290 or more: Max 25%
  • Bi-weekly earnings of $435 or less: No garnishment
  • Bi-weekly earnings of $435.01 - $580: $$ Above $435
  • Bi-weekly earnings of $580 or more: Max 25%
  • Semi-monthly earnings of $471.25 or less: No garnishment
  • Semi-monthly earnings of $471.26 - $628.33: $$ Above $471.25
  • Semi-monthly earnings of $628.33 or more: Max 25%
  • Monthly earnings of $942.50 or less: No garnishment
  • Monthly earnings of $942.51 - $1256.66: $$ Above $942.50
  • Monthly earnings of $1256.66 or more: Max 25%

Clint Robison is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, one of the largest and oldest law firms in the country. He can be reached at Amy Jensen is a senior employment attorney in the firm's Los Angeles office and she can be reached at

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