Georgia law has few specific provisions regulating payroll deductions. Employers must make deductions from wages as required by law for such things as federal, state, or local income tax withholding, Social Security contributions, and wage garnishments. Employers and employees are free to make additional arrangements for deductions they consider mutually acceptable, provided they comply with federal law related to deductions from wages.
Practice tip: Even though Georgia has few laws regulating payroll deductions, employers should have written authorization from employees before making deductions from wages for anything other than those deductions required by law.
Under the Georgia Right-to-Work Law, employers may not deduct dues, fees, or assessments to labor organizations without the employee's explicit authorization (GA Code Sec. 34-6-25). This type of agreement may not be irrevocable for more than 1 year.
Public employees may authorize, in writing, payroll deductions to benefit charitable organizations. Agencies may not implement this type of deduction procedure without the approval of the chief executive officer or governing board of the agency (GA Code Sec. 45-20-53). There is no specific law regulating these deductions in the private sector.
Employees may assign a portion of their wages to fulfill a child support obligation. Employers may deduct up to $25 for the initial income withholding order and $3 for each successive order, to cover administrative costs associated with collecting court-ordered child support payments through payroll deduction (GA Code Sec. 19-11-20). There is additional information.