What Are Garnishments?

Involuntary deductions are those over which neither employers nor employees have control. A garnishment is a legal proceeding authorizing an involuntary transfer of an employee’s wages to satisfy a debt or other obligation. The employer is required by law to deduct or garnish a certain amount of an employee’s pay and send it to a person or government agency to satisfy a debt owed by the employee. Failure to deduct and remit will subject the employer to a penalty.

Involuntary deductions may include:

  • Tax levies
  • Child support withholding
  • Creditor garnishments
  • Federal agency garnishments
  • Student loans

Payroll Management Services will notify you about the garnishment by email or mail, and attach a copy of the order.