A garnishment is a court order to an employer to withhold a sum of money from an employee's earnings for payment of a debt. Kansas law draws a distinction between garnishments for support obligations and garnishments for other kinds of debts. There are numerous state and federal laws pertaining to garnishment. Where state laws are more restrictive than federal law (i.e., by protecting a greater amount of salary from garnishment), state laws will govern.
All garnishments apply to public as well as to private employees. Kansas wage garnishment is codified under several statutes, including KS Stat. Sec. 60-2004et seq., Sec. 60-730, Sec. 60-2310, and Sec. 23-4,108.
Respond promptly. An employer that is served with a wage garnishment must respond promptly to the notice and any other court papers regarding garnishment. Employers failing to respond to a notice or in any way ignore a garnishment run the very real risk of being held personally liable for the entire judgment.