Policy DLBZ

All employees are expected to handle their financial obligations promptly so that creditors will not have to ask for the school division's assistance in collecting amounts owed to them.

Whenever the school division is served with a Writ of Garnishment or Attachment, a Notice of Levy by the Internal Revenue Service or other taxing authority, or any other similar order requiring payment of a portion of an employee's compensation to someone other than the employee, the matter will be referred to the payroll clerk for appropriate action. Failure to act promptly may render the school division legally liable.

In the event that garnishment or similar proceedings are instituted against an employee, the school division will deduct the required amount from the employee's paycheck. The amount deducted from the employee's disposable earnings will not exceed that permitted by law or the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry.

Compliance with writs of garnishments and similar orders imposes an administrative and financial burden on the school division. In addition, the failure of an employee to meet his or her financial obligations may reflect unfavorably on the school division and may have an adverse effect on the employee's job performance.

No employee will be terminated by reason of the fact that his or her earnings have been subject to garnishment for one indebtedness. However, such persons may be liable for disciplinary action. Garnishments for more than one indebtedness may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination, depending upon the circumstances of the case.

Adopted: September 18, 1984
Revised: March 6, 2018

Legal Refs.:

Code of Virginia, § 34-29