Portland, OR asked in Employment Law for Oregon

Q: Can a employer garnish a employees wages without a signed document giving permission to do so?

Can an employer change an employees dependants to exempt so that he can deduct wages for a draw given with no document signed by the employee giving permission to do so?

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Mr. Michael O. Stevens
Mr. Michael O. Stevens
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • Licensed in Oregon

A: Garnishment and a draw are two different things. A garnishment is a legal process your employer cannot do without being told to do it by someone with authority, such as a court; or if it is for their own purposes of money you owe them, only after they get a judgment from a court.

A draw is a loan, and there are special rules about that, including as you note, that there has to be a written agreement for the draw that you have to sign.

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