Wages and Hours Worked:
Wage garnishment is a legal procedure in which the court orders a person's earnings to be withheld by his/her employer for the payment of a debt, such as child support. Title III of the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) prohibits an employer from discharging an employee whose earnings have been subject to garnishment for any one debt, regardless of the number of levies made or proceedings brought to collect it. CPPA is administered and enforced by the Wage and Hour Division of the Employment Standards Administration.
Title III also limits the amount of an employee's earnings that may be garnished in any one week. It does not, however, protect an employee from discharge if the employee's earnings have been subject to garnishment for a second or subsequent debts.
Title III applies to all individuals who receive personal earnings and to their employers. Personal earnings include wages, salaries, commissions, bonuses, and income from a pension or retirement program, but does not ordinarily include tips.
- Employment Law Guide - Wage Garnishment - Describes the statutes and regulations administered by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that regulate wage garnishment.
- Filing a complaint - DOL's Wage and Hour Division manages complaints regarding violations of the various laws and regulations it administers. To file a complaint concerning one of these laws, contact your nearest Wage and Hour Division office or call the Department's Toll-Free Wage and Hour HelpLine at 1-866-4-US-WAGE.
- The Federal Wage Garnishment Law, Consumer Credit Protection Act's Title 3 (CCPA) (PDF) - Provides general information concerning the amount that may be withheld from a person's earnings under the CCPA and an employees' protection from termination because of garnishment for any single debt.
- Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) - Protects employees from discharge by their employers because their wages have been garnished for any one debt, and limits the amount of an employee's earnings that may be garnished in any one week.
- 29 CFR Part 870 - Regulations on the restriction on garnishment.
- Wage and Hour Division
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
Tel: 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)
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