Question:  How does an Illinois employer manage multiple wage garnishments for the same employee?

Answer: Employers should treat every wage garnishment received separately, remitting payment for the first wage assignment to the address for that requestor and payment for the subsequent wage garnishments to the issuing agencies.  Illinois employers must comply with garnishment orders.

In Illinois, employers that receive two or more withholding orders for the same employee must comply with whichever withholding order is served first. The maximum that employers can withhold is the lesser of:  (1) 15% of gross weekly wages or (2) the amount by which weekly disposable earnings exceed 45 times the federal minimum wage or the state minimum wage, whichever is greater.  Withhold the appropriate amount from the employee’s pay for each pay period until the employer receives notification from the agency to discontinue wage withholding.