Call it what you will, repayment, garnishments, wage withholding, deductions or Voluntary Wage Assignments… The fact of the matter is, you can’t just withhold payment from an employee for any given reason.
Let’s start with the meaning behind a Wage Garnishment. A wage garnishment is any legal or equitable procedure in which some portion of a person’s earnings are withheld. There are many types of legal or equitable procedures for garnishments. Some are made by court orders, like child or spousal support. Others like student loans and tax debts and even garnishments from creditors can come across your desk. Garnishments do not include Voluntary Wage Assignments but we will get into that later on.