Alaska Garnishment laws & HR compliance analysis

Alaska Garnishment: What you need to know

Garnishment is an involuntary procedure, which results from a court order. Assignment of wages is voluntary and is based on an employee's written permission authorizing a deduction from pay. Assignment is permitted for child support. There is additional information on voluntary assignment of wages.
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The two kinds of child support orders are the Wage Withholding Order for child support, and the National Medical Support Notice (NMSN) for medical coverage. The Wage Withholding Order for child support requires the employer to forward the withheld wages to the child support agency, so they can be sent to the employee’s family. The employer will receive a Wage Withholding Order telling the employer when to begin, how much to deduct, and where to send the information and/or money. The order may come from the Alaska Child Support Services Division (CSSD) or from another state, but the employer must follow the order. An order for child support requires that the employer start withholding no later than the first pay period following the date the employer receives the order. Wage withholding orders and medical support orders remain in effect until the employer is notified by the child support agency of any changes. The employer must send in the money it withheld from the employee for child support within 7 business days of each pay date. If the employee is paid weekly, the employer must send in the money each week. If the employer's payroll is monthly, the employer must send in the money once a month. When the employment relationship ends, the employer must notify the child support agency promptly when the employee leaves and give the employee’s last known home address ...

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