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March 17, 2010
What Organizations Need to Know about Paying Garnishments

In a BLR webinar entitled ‘Payroll: How To Legally Handle Tax Levies and Garnishments’, attorneys Clint Robison and Amy Jensen explain what information employers need after an employee has been notified about the garnishment by the employer and the employer determines that enough wages are available to pay the garnishment or levy.

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  • Watch for due dates on garnishments; tax levies typically due within 7 business days of date wages are paid to employee, but state law may vary
  • It may be effective to set a single date each month on which to transmit garnishments
  • Payments should be made on the same day as payday
  • Try to keep information within payroll as other departments such as accounts payable may not be as secure
  • Issue single check to each agency with combined garnishments

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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