Mastering Wage Garnishment Administration: Tips And Strategies For Multi-State Employers

Webinar: ID# 1001328
About This Course:
Employers are receiving an ever-increasing number of orders to withhold wages, which are often related to back taxes, defaulted student loans, back child support or alimony, and court judgments.

It's important to understand your obligations when receiving these creditor garnishments, income withholding orders, and tax levies, since they are legally binding documents, and failure to comply exposes you to liability for the employee's entire debt.

Consider this example: In Oklahoma, an appeals court ordered an employer to pay the debtor's full amount, which totaled more than $10,000, because the employer had not provided an answer to a garnishment immediately and did not provide subsequent answers after each pay period as required under the applicable law.

Don't let tricky wage garnishment administration challenges lead to costly fines and massive payments. Participate in the interactive webinar "Mastering Wage Garnishment Administration: Tips and Strategies for Multi-State Employers" and learn your compliance obligations.

Learning Objectives:

  • What to do when you receive a notice of a wage attachment
  • Penalties that may be assessed for the improper handling of wage attachments, such as income withholding orders, tax levies, and creditor garnishments
  • Administrative fees you generally may be able to charge for the different types of wage attachments
  • How far the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) and state laws go to protect employees from discrimination and discharge due to wage attachments
  • Tricky compliance issues affecting multi-state employers, including determining which state law to apply to which type of attachment
  • What to do with wage attachments when an employee files for bankruptcy
  • How to administer chapter 13 repayment plans, especially when new wage attachments come rolling in
  • Tips for dealing with protesting employees who want the garnishment or tax levy stopped
  • If and when you have to accept voluntary wage assignments

In just 90 minutes, you'll learn how to legally master your compliance obligations when presented with a wage attachment. Register now for this informative event risk free.

About Your Presenter:

Attorney Martin Brook, a shareholder in the Detroit office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak &Stewart, P.C., focuses his practice on representation of employers before state and federal courts and administrative agencies and advising employers on litigation avoidance and positive employee relations. His practice regularly involves representing and advising employers regarding payroll compliance issues.

He is an active member of the American Payroll Association. He is frequently published in PayTech and sits on the PayTech Board of Contributing Writers and the APA government affairs sub-committee on creditor garnishments. He is the author of O-D Comply: Wage Garnishments, a subscription service that keeps employers up to date on wage garnishment law and procedure.

Continuing Education Credits:

Click the 'Credits' tab above for information on PHR/SPHR, PDCs, and other CE credits offered by taking this course.
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