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3.0.19 Garnishments, Tax Levies, And Wage Assignments

DEFINITION(S)

Garnishment

A court order served against the employee which directs the university to withhold and remit wages to the court on behalf of a staff member. The University is liable for the payment if the court order is not followed. The amount withheld is in accordance with the Federal law.

Tax Levy

An order directing the University to withhold and remit wages otherwise due a staff member. The amount withheld is in accordance with the Federal/State law and continues each pay until the tax liability is paid in full. The university is liable for the payment if the order is not followed.

Assignment of Wages

A Friend of the Court assignment of wages for child support that must be honored by the university. The university is required to deduct a specific court ordered amount until notified by the Friend of the Court to change the amount or to cease deducting.

POLICY

University personnel are expected to manage their personal financial affairs in a manner, which excludes university involvement.

However, garnishments, tax levies, and other collection devices are NOT considered by the University to be a cause for discipline or discharge.