All University employees.
The purpose of this is to establish a consistent approach to enforcing garnishments in accordance with the Federal Wage Garnishment Law (15 USC §1673).
Garnishments: court ordered deductions from earnings for monies owed to a company, government or individual, for example, monies owed in child support, unpaid student loans, bankruptcy collection, unpaid taxes and/or other debt.
Earnings: are compensation paid or payable for personal services, whether denominated as wages, salary, commission, bonus, or other.
Fees: are amounts assessed for the costs of collecting garnishments.
Thomas More University is required by law to honor legal garnishments of an employee's wages or salary. Every attempt will be made to notify employees prior to making required payroll deductions.
Federal Wage Garnishment Law (15 USC §1673)
Pay Period Policy
Upon receipt of a garnishment for an employee, deductions will be made in accordance with the Federal Wage Garnishment Law (15 USC §1673). The assessment of fees will be paid by both full time and part-time employees for the costs of collection of garnishments, tax liens, and child support orders.
Garnishments remain active until the Payroll Department receives a release, an amendment of these federal and state garnishment orders or a letter of satisfaction. The University does not refund any incorrectly deducted funds due to the errors in the requisite garnishment orders. Instead, employees must request refunds and address the errors with the issuer of a garnishment order authorizing the deduction.
This is a new policy, replacing language in the Staff Manual (May 2014).
There are no appendices to this Policy.
Laura Custer, Director of Human Resources
Dr. Kathleen Jagger, Acting President