Child Support: Federal vs State Law Compliance

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Live Webinar | CEU Approved

  • 90 minutes

To bring a national standard to child support withholding laws, the Federal government has enacted laws that require states to adopt certain rules when setting their own standards for implementing child support requirements. These requirements include deadlines for withholding and remitting payments, filing procedures, and penalties and fines for violations. Payroll departments must know both the federal laws and the state laws and must determine which one applies to the child support withholding order. In addition to these laws and regulations, the federal rules now require that a standard Income Withholding Order (IWO) be used for all child support withholding garnishments.

In this webinar expert speaker Vicki Lambert will review this form and its requirements. And although the IWO can include all the information necessary to comply with the order, employers must familiarize themselves with both federal and state regulations to avoid penalties and liabilities. Withholding money for child support is not the only requirement that applies to providing for a child, medical support orders are required to be process by payroll as well. This webinar will give examples of calculating child support.

Session Highlights:

  • How to define child support garnishments

  • The federal requirements a payroll department must know for child support

  • How state requirements affect child support

  • Specific requirements for child support, including deduction limits, deadlines, filing procedures, administrative fees, and penalties/fines for violations

  • How to handle terminated employees in regard to child support

  • Best practices for communicating with employees and issuing parties

  • Which garnishment to take when an employee has current support orders, medical support orders, and arrearages

  • Examples of how to calculate the withholding and prioritize the order of distribution when an employee has more than one type of garnishment

  • Best practices for processing child support garnishments in the payroll department

  • How to go paperless with child support by receiving electronic withholding orders and paying by EFT

  • In-depth discussion of the latest OCSE withholding notice and medical support notice

Why You Should Attend:

This webinar focuses on child support garnishments and includes best practices for processing all garnishments but especially child support in a payroll department. The webinar includes the rules and regulations governing child support as well as calculation examples.

Who Should Attend:

  • Payroll Professionals

  • Human Resources

  • Accounting Personnel

  • Business Owners

  • Lawmakers

  • Attorneys, or any individual or entity that must deal with the complexities and technicalities of ensuring compliance within the payroll process

Ask your question directly from our expert during the Q&A session following the live event.

Vicki  Lambert

Vicki Lambert

Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, is President and Academic Director of The Payroll Advisor™, a firm specializing in payroll education and training. The company offers a payroll news service which keeps payroll professionals up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations. 

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.

A pioneer in electronic and online education, Ms. Lambert produces and presents payroll related audio seminars, webinars and webcasts for clients, APA chapters and business groups throughout the country. Ms. Lambert is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University in Southern California and is the creator of and instructor for their Practical Payroll Online program, which is approved for recertification hours by the APA. She is also the Program Developer, Subject Matter Expert (SME), and Facilitator for the Certificate in Payroll Practice and Management Program offered by Cengage Learning / Ed2Go through hundreds of colleges and universities across the country.

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This webinar has been approved for 1.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR, and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

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