By Alice P. Jacobsohn, Esq.
In a win for APA, a California bill (S.B. 16) that would have tied student loan garnishment calculations to state and local minimum wage rates was voted down in a state Assembly vote of 38 to 24 in June, although the bill sponsor was given leave to try again later in this session to get the bill passed. APA’s lobbying effort began last February when it informed the Legislature that the proposed calculation method was inherently unfair to California residents.
In a letter to lawmakers, APA’s Government Relations Task Force (GRTF) Subcommittee on Child Support and Other Garnishments stated, “APA supports fairness in the wage garnishment process that emphasizes a reasonable approach for employees without unduly increasing the administrative burden on employers. As payroll professionals, we appreciate provisions that help the employees we pay, but we also ask lawmakers to recognize that, in the case of a garnishment, employers are third parties to a legal dispute.”
Read more: http://www.americanpayroll.org/paytechonline-wider/government-corner/