Policy 311 - Garnishment of Wages and Payroll Deductions

Section: Compensation
Policy Number: 311
Responsible Office: HR/Payroll
Effective Date: 4/1/01
Revised: 10/3/17


Wage Garnishments and Assignments: The Consumer Credit Protection Act limits the amount of an employee’s disposable earnings that may be garnished in any one pay period and protects against discharge for garnishment of any one indebtedness. Wage garnishments and assignments are processed by the Payroll Office. Any employee who receives a wage garnishment or assignment form should immediately send that form to Payroll. The garnishment notice provides specific instructions on the employer’s obligations and the elements of an employee’s pay which may or may not be garnished.

Involuntary Payroll Deductions: As required by law, the University takes deductions from each employee’s gross wages. These deductions include all applicable federal, state, and local taxes. Employees are responsible for keeping the Payroll office informed of changes in tax exemptions, marital status, and home address.

Voluntary Payroll Deductions: If any elected benefits require employees to pay premiums, premiums will be deducted from the paycheck in accordance with the employee’s written authorization.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to Payroll at extension 6374.

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