Wage Garnishments: Legal Risks and Compliance

$75 for Members / $95 Non-Members

The overall use of wage garnishments to collect on behalf of judgment creditors has been steadily rising in recent years and now comprehensive wage garnishment reform bills pending in the state legislature could have a significant impact on your business.

With complicated processing and withholding hoops that employers must jump through just to administer these garnishments, it is possible you could become legally responsible for the full amount of the judgment debt – whether the debtor was an employee or not.

So, please join us for this 60-minute webinar to learn legal and practical information that allows you to properly address wage garnishments and help prevent your company from becoming liable for someone else's debt. You will also learn how the proposed bills would affect your wage garnishment procedures.

Basic Topics to Be Covered:

  • Definition and different types of garnishments.
  • Employer's legal risks from garnishments – from creditors and employees
  • Step-by-step tips for compliant garnishment processing, including a compliance timeline and key definitions for earnings, disposable earnings, and priority.
  • Review of how garnishment processing will change after passage of the pending garnishment reform House Bills 4119 and 4120.

Advanced Topics to Be Covered:

  • How to address out-of-state garnishments (a.k.a. jurisdiction) and conflict of laws.
  • Distinguishing between orders for garnishments that compel compliance from those that do not.
  • Tips for dealing with aggressive creditors.
  • Defending against a default judgment.

Expert Presenter:
imageMartin C. Brook, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins, 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. Additionally, Martin's practice regularly involves representing and advising employers regarding payroll compliance issues which include, for example, wage garnishments, voluntary wage assignments, other wage attachments as well as electronic pay and tax protestors’ issues. He has managed voluntary and involuntary reduction-in-force programs, employment-related due diligence, contract negotiations and grievance administration, internal wage and hour audits, OFCCP compliance programs and audit responses, payroll and attachment/garnishment compliance programs and employment policies and procedures and training programs.

This webinar qualifies as one credit toward the Basic or Advanced Human Resource Certification Programs. This program has been approved for one HR (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.