How to Garnish Wages | The Employer’s Guide

Posted by Dana Spinello, CPA on Jun 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Are you curious about how to garnish wages? Then look no further. A wage garnishment is an involuntary court order that requires an employer to withhold a portion of an employee’s wages to pay part of that employee’s outstanding debt. The issuing agency will notify employers about the need to garnish an employee’s wages by issuing a writ of garnishment, and employers must legally comply. This authorizes the sheriff to inform the debtor's employer that a portion of his employee's wages need to be withheld from his paycheck for each pay period until the debt is settled. Many employers aren’t sure how to garnish wages, but the debtor's employer is required to complete and return this official acknowledgment that he will comply with the garnishment order. If they ignore the order and/or miss a response deadline, it could land you in court — or worse, leave you on the hook for the employee’s debt. 

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Topics: Payroll, Human Resources, garnishments

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