Utah Garnishment laws & HR compliance analysis

Utah Garnishment: What you need to know

A garnishment is an order of a court to an employer (the garnishee) to withhold a sum of money from an employee's earnings for payment of a debt. The state of Utah draws a distinction between garnishments for support obligations and garnishments for other kinds of debts.
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There are numerous federal and state laws pertaining to garnishment. Where state law is more restrictive than federal law (i.e., by protecting a greater amount of salary from garnishment), then state law will govern. Specific state laws include UT Code Sec. 31A-22-610, Sec. 62A-11-101et seq, Sec. 62A-11-501et seq, Sec. 70C-7-103, and Sec. 78B-12-102.
Family support may include spousal support, child support, and health insurance. If the court or agency order calls for family support withholding, the order for withholding will be sent to the employer with instructions for withholding a certain amount of salary from each paycheck. The employer must deduct the amount designated in the order beginning with the next paycheck due to the employee after 14 days following service of the order and notice. The employer must pay the amount withheld to the Office of Recovery Services within 7 days of the date the employee is paid. An employer may be assessed $50 or 10 percent of the withheld income, whichever is more, if the payment is late. The garnishment continues until further notice from the court.
Administrative fees for child support. The employer may add on up to $25 in administrative fees. The amount may be deducted at one time or periodically.
Employee termination. If the employee leaves the job while a family support order is in place, the employer must notify the state agency within 5 days of ...

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