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Classified Employee Handbook

Garnishments and Salary Liens

If you should ever have your wages and/or other amounts due from the University seized by a court order of garnishment, the University is required under Act 463 of 1989 to comply with such an order within 20 days. Governmental liens such as those resulting from claims for unpaid taxes and from bankruptcy claims must also be honored.

When the University receives such a court order or lien, it must pay the appropriate amount to the clerk of the court or to the governmental agency. Any defenses you wish to make must be made to the court or the governmental agency.

Because a substantial amount of time and expense is used in processing wage garnishments and liens, the University is somewhat concerned whenever this occurs. Therefore, it will be considered grounds for dismissal whenever two orders of garnishment, two salary liens or a combination of one of each type of seizure is processed against a University employee during a twelve-month period.

However, multiple garnishment orders resulting from the same debt or same judgments will be treated as a single garnishment. Furthermore, multiple assertions of salary liens resulting from the same bankruptcy order or same debt for taxes due to some governmental unit will also be treated as a single lien.

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Last revision 11/1995

Updated 10.26.2011