Year-end wrap up of Changes to Regulatory and Administrative Garnishment Laws: Updates Passed in 2016 that Impact on Changes Effective in 2017

Duration: 90 Minutes
Requirements for handling all types of wage attachments are subject to change. Every year some states pass laws that affect how much an employer may withhold through legal or administrative changes. More states are trying to protect low wage earners from creditor garnishment, but at the same time including contractors as employees for purpose of garnishment. Federal agencies may also change requirements. Employers must be proactive as it is their responsibility to know, understand, and implement current laws. Failure to comply with all requirements can subject the employer/payor to fines and/or penalties against the payor. The focus of this webinar is to educate the employer/payor of recent changes to state or federal laws that govern the handling of involuntary deductions from earnings.
Wage Garnishment
Product ID: 501885
Objectives of the Presentation
  • Learn specific changes to states laws that increase the protected amount earnings when a creditor garnishment is withheld in 2017
  • Learn which states recently changed the definition of earnings, subject to wage garnishment, to include income paid to contractors
  • Learn which state made a significant change to the fee an employer may withhold for administering child support orders, for an employee working in that state
  • Find out the one change that was made to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA 2008) that affects employers, after 2017 ratification of the Hague Convention takes effect January 2017
  • Learn the correct method to use when calculating the pay period amount to withhold for support
  • Find out where to locate current requirements to handling child and family support
Why Should you Attend
  • Updates to state or federal laws, passed in 2016, or prior years that impact changes to employer handling of employee wage attachments in 2017
  • Examples of legal changes that increase the protected amount that may be garnished in several states including California wage garnishments
  • Written instructions from OCSE directing how states must calculate the pay period deduction amount for support that resulted from employer complaints related to Colorado Income Withholding Orders
  • Updated information about the Uniform Wage Garnishment Act recently adopted by the Uniform Law Commission and the state's most likely to introduce 2017 legislation to adopt the Uniform Wage Garnishment Act
  • Recent states that changed laws to treat income paid to independent contractors the same as an employee for purposes of wage garnishment
  • Update on features of the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement website for employers
  • Confusion and problems when a state changed the administrative fee, an employer may collect, for handling income withholding orders for support
  • Identifying proposed changes to the Income Withholding Order for support that will be issued mid 2017
Areas Covered
  • Changes to state laws that affect withholding from employees subject to a wage garnishment
  • Changes to state laws that define contractors as employees for the purpose of withholding for wage garnishment
  • Changes to state law that affect the fee an employer may collect for administering support orders
  • Learn about changes to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act that affect employers that receive support orders from foreign countries
  • Learn about changes to Illinois state law that affect employer handling of voluntary wage assignments issued in that state
  • Learn why state support agencies do not believe employers are reporting new hires and the enhancements the federal Office of Child Support has made to encourage correction and update of contact information
Who will Benefit
  • Payroll/Garnishment managers and staff of US payrolls
  • Accounts Payable managers and staff making payments, for work performed, to US non-employees
  • Third party payroll processors that calculate payroll for persons working in the US
  • Persons responsible for writing specifications for withholding garnishments from wages paid to persons working in the US
  • Persons responsible for programming requirements for withholding garnishments from persons working in the US
Topic Background
Employers or payors of earnings must handle involuntary deductions such as creditor garnishments, child support, state and federal tax levies, and delinquent student loans issued from state or federal courts and agencies. Each year states or the federal government may change laws which impact income withholding or administrative requirements. Employers and payors of earnings/income must be aware of those changes and implement at the time they take effect. Employers must have first- hand knowledge of the laws and should not just rely on third party processors to correctly and timely implement.
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Instructor Profile:
Amorette (Amy) Nelson Bryant is recognized as a Wage Garnishment Subject Matter Expert within the payroll industry. Her writing career began in 1996 when she was asked by the federal Office of Child Support to assist with developing employer training materials following Welfare Reform Legislation. In that capacity she co-authored the 'Child Support Desktop Guide' published by the federal Office of Management and Budget (out of print).That led to writing the Complete 'Guide to Federal and State Garnishment', Aspen Publishers, a book which covers all aspects of federal and state garnishment laws and requirements and is updated each year. She is also a contributor to other Aspen publications.

As a consultant she provides staff training, develops department procedures and provides research for large employers, small employers, third party processors and software vendors. Amy is a member of the American Payroll Association and participates in several Government Affairs Task Force Subcommittees. She twice chaired and remains an active member of the GRTF Child Support and Other Garnishment Subcommittees. She served as an Observer to the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) drafting committee which wrote the Uniform Wage Garnishment Act and served as an Advisor to the ULC which updated the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act of 1996. She also creates and conducts webinars for employers and nationally recognized companies that support the payroll industry.
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