Having your wages garnished as a consequence for unpaid taxes or debts can be problematic for many. In most states, there are specific rules that outline how the wage garnishment process can take place. However, a recent change to a bill in Georgia may make it easier for businesses to implement wage garnishment orders.
In general, a business cannot garnish the wages of an employee without first receiving a court order to do so. Creditors must go through the legal system in order to obtain the garnishment order and provide it to the employer before any official action can take place.
Earlier this week, Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that loosens the regulations on how businesses obtain garnishment orders. Deal’s mission is to “reduce unnecessary regulation on businesses” by way of allowing them more freedom to fulfill garnishment requests. House Bill 683 will give businesses the power to file garnishment requests without having to first obtain a court order through legal counsel.