The University of Georgia will comply with legally processed wage garnishment orders.
Reason for policy
The University of Georgia must establish responsibility for complying with wage garnishment
orders and for properly calculating and deducting garnishments from employees’ pay.
The Payroll Department will receive court orders for processing a chapter 13 bankruptcy,
garnishment, tax levy, child support order or education loan order deduction against
an employee’s earnings. The staff will calculate the amount of the deduction in accordance
with statutory provisions or as stated in the order and will ensure that the deduction
is processed against the employee’s pay in a timely manner. The staff will properly
account for the deductions and remit them to the appropriate court, agency, or individual
in accordance with the garnishment order.
- Garnishment: A legal proceeding authorizing an involuntary transfer of an employee’s
wages to a creditor to satisfy a debt.
- Tax Levy: An order requiring an employer to deduct taxes (plus penalties and interest)
owed by an employee from their wages and remit it to the Internal Revenue Service.
Responsible University Senior Administrator: Vice President for Finance & Administration
Responsible University Administrator: Associate Vice President for University Business and Accounting Services
Policy Owner: Payroll
Policy Contact: Julie Camp
Phone Number: 706-542-3431
Explanation: This series documents requests and court orders to withhold wages from employee earnings
for garnishments, tax levies, support payments, or other reasons. This series usually
includes: original writs of garnishment; recapitulations of amounts withheld; and
(Board of Regents: Garnishment Records 0472-04-020)
Record Copy: Payroll will keep a copy of the garnishment documentation.
Retention: 5 years after resolution