Wage garnishment refers to the practice of an employee having a certain amount of his or her paycheck deducted to cover specific expenses. A court order needs to be obtained in order for someone to garnish someone else’s wages. Generally, garnishments are needed so that an employee has to pay child support, unpaid court costs, defaulted student loans or other debts. The garnishment will continue until the entire debt is paid off. There are exemptions to this practice. If a garnishment is obtained under federal court, then no more than 25 percent of someone’s weekly earnings can be garnished. In relation to wage garnishment laws, tips are not viewed as employee earnings.
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