With the increased number of layoffs and reductions in force, many Texas employers are paying out large amounts of severance payments and wages in lieu of notice. Employers making these payments must not forget to comply with any court orders they have received regarding the deductions or garnishments from employee wages on these payments. A Texas employer that has received a spousal or child support order from a court must be sure to deduct the amount set forth in the order from any severance payments or wages paid in lieu of notice.
For example, if a child support order requires the employer to deduct $150 per month from the employee’s wages and the employer promises to make a 6 month severance payment to the employee, the employer must deduct $900 from the severance payment to comply with the court order. Since this wage deduction is made pursuant to a court order, no written authorization from the employee is necessary.
For more information on compliance with spousal and child support orders in the context of severance payments, see the Texas Attorney General website.