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Consumer Credit Protection

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Labor , Employment Standards Administration
CFDA #: 17.306

Possible uses and use restrictions...

The general rules for applying the Federal restrictions on garnishment, effective September 1, 1997, are: If an individual's weekly disposable earnings are $154.50 or less, no amount may be garnisheed; if the weekly disposable earnings are more than $154.50 but less than $206.00, only the amount in excess of $154.50 may be garnisheed; and if the weekly disposable earnings are in excess of $206.00 or more, 25 percent of disposable earnings may be garnisheed. The Act, as amended, limits court orders for the support of any person to 50 percent of the disposable earnings of an individual supporting another spouse or child and to 60 percent of disposable earnings if not. An additional 5 percent may be garnished for support payments more than 12 weeks in arrears. The order must be issued by a court of competent jurisdiction or in accordance with an administrative procedure, which is established by law, which affords substantial due process, and which is subject to judicial review. The restrictions do not apply under Federal bankruptcy proceedings for wage-earners, nor do they apply to debts due for State or Federal taxes. In addition, garnishments issued under the laws of any State may be exempted from the operation of the Federal law where the Secretary of Labor determines that such laws provide substantially similar restrictions. Under no circumstances may an employee be discharged from employment by reason of garnishment for any one indebtedness, although State laws may provide additional protection.