Wyoming Garnishment laws & HR compliance analysis

Wyoming Garnishment: What you need to know

A “garnishment” is an order of a court to an employer to withhold a sum of money from an employee's earnings to satisfy a debt owed to a third party by the employee. A valid garnishment legally obligates an employer to withhold monies from an employee's wages, subject to the maximum allowable limits. Wyoming law distinguishes between garnishments for child support obligations and garnishments for other debts. There are also different procedures for obtaining a onetime wage garnishment and obtaining a continuing garnishment. Where state laws concerning garnishment are more restrictive than federal law, state law controls.
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Debts other than support. The employer receives a writ of garnishment and has 10 days to answer and provide the following information: the amount of wages due, the date they are due, details about the employee's job title, and any other wage garnishments. The employer will be notified as to the amount of wages to be withheld and where to send the payments. The garnishment may be for a single amount or may be “continuing” for up to 90 days.
Support. The Wyoming Income Withholding Act (WY Stat. Sec. 20-6-201 et seq.) ensures that noncustodial parents will pay child support as ordered by a court or state disbursement unit. Once support is ordered, the employer will receive an income withholding order, served personally or by certified mail return receipt requested. Payroll deduction must be made no later than the first pay period following the service of the order, and the employer must send the amount withheld to the clerk of the court within 7 days of the deduction. The employer may deduct and retain an additional $5 for each withholding to cover its administrative costs. ...

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