Processing of Child Support Orders in the Payroll Department
What you'll learn
- Explore the specific requirements for child support including deduction limits, deadlines, filing procedures, administrative fees and penalties/fines for violations under both federal and state law.
- Identify the requirements for processing medical support notices.
- Identify which garnishment has priority when an employee has current support orders, medical support notices and arrearages.
- Discover how to handle terminated employees in regards to child support.
- Recognize the differences between state requirements and federal requirements for child support.
- Explore how to calculate withholding and prioritize the order of distribution when an employee has more than one type of garnishment.
- Identify best practices for processing child support garnishments in the payroll department.
- Discover the laws that govern the withholding and processing of child support including the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) and Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).
- Explore the requirements for calculating the amount of withholding for child support when an employee has one withholding order with or without arrearages.
- Explore the requirements for calculating the amount of withholding for child support when an employee has more than one withholding order.
- Identify how to go paperless with child support by receiving electronic withholding orders and paying by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
- Identify best practices concerning child support withholding and communicating with employees and the issuing parties.
- No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course.
This course focuses on the proper processing of child support orders in the payroll department. We start with the basics of prioritizing all types of garnishments to demonstrate the priority for child support in most cases. From this point we will discuss the laws and the regulations governing child support including the major federal laws and how the states have adopted or adapted these laws.
Working with these basics we will discuss and review the Income Withholding Order (IWO) and how to determine if the order is “regular on its face” and must be processed or if it can be rejected. We will then work through the steps to processing an IWO in the payroll department. But the proper processing of IWOs involves numerous steps including determining legal requirements and priorities so at this point we will also discuss communication with both the employee and the issuing party.
This discussion will also include creating templates to assist with this communication. To ensure proper withholding and paying out of child support we will discuss the best practices for reconciling and paying child support. From this point we will review the National Medical Support Notice. This notice may or may not come with an IWO and is included in processing child support to determine withholding limits. Its processing must be done correctly by employers to ensure compliance.
Using the information learned so far, we now work through examples on how to determine the actual withholding from wages for child support. This includes doing examples for employees with one, two and three child support orders in effect, including arrearages. Child support orders are not necessarily processed in a vacuum, and the employee may have other garnishments in effect. In this section of the course we cover how to process child support orders with other types of garnishments focusing on bankruptcies and creditor garnishments. Special situations occur when processing child support. This section concentrates on how to process what are known as lump sums and how to handle terminating as well as rehired employees.
We will conclude our course with a discussion of how to go paperless with processing child support by a discussion of the e-IWO program and paying child support by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
Who this course is for:
- Anyone interested in Human Resources, Finance and Accounting or related fields.
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Vicki M. Lambert, CPP is president and academic director of The Payroll Advisor™ a firm specialized in the training of payroll professionals. With over 35 years of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 20 years as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert has become the most sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues. She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States that have been attended by executives and professionals from some of the most prestigious firms in business today.
Ms. Lambert is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University in Southern California. She is the creator of and the instructor for the Practical Payroll Online program offered through the School of Extended Education.
Ms. Lambert currently produces and presents audio seminars and webcasts for clients and business groups throughout the country.
President and Academic Director : The Payroll Advisor - 
Associate of Arts, Business Administration : National University - [ to 1987]
Bachelor of Business Administration, Emphasis in Personnel Management : National University - [ to 1989]