Iowa Garnishment laws & HR compliance analysis

Iowa Garnishment: What you need to know

A garnishment is a court order to an employer (the garnishee) to withhold a sum of money from an employee's earnings for payment of a debt. The state of Iowa draws a distinction between garnishments for support obligations and garnishments for other kinds of debts.
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Garnishment vs. assignment of wages. There is more information on assignment of wages.
If a garnishment is for child or family support, the employer will receive an order from the court, which will notify the employer about what to do and will specify the amount to be paid and the amount in arrears, if any. Withholding amounts must be sent to a Collection Services Center or clerk of court within 7 working days of the first payday after receiving the order. When employers receive Income Withholding Notices, they have 10 days to process the paperwork. Once that is done, the employer must withhold child support from the next paycheck. The amount withheld includes the amount due for that payment, and an additional amount for past due support may be included. Employers may withhold an additional $2.00 from each payment to cover their costs. When the income withholding payment is received, the Collection Services Center has 2 business days to process the payment. If the person owing child support has more than one case, the income withholding payments are divided among all cases.
If the employee terminates, the employer must promptly notify the court or child support recovery unit and provide the most recent address for the employee and the name and address of any new employer, if known. In support cases, if the employee is already supporting another spouse and/or dependent child, the maximum that ...

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