“Attachment of earnings” is the legal phrase for order by the court for an individual who defaults on a debt to have a set amount deducted from their wages in order to pay off the debt.

This topic looks at when an attachment of earnings order can be made and explains how the decision on the amount the debtor should have deducted from their earnings on a regular basis is reached, as well as the concept of protected earnings. The topic also advises employers on the procedure they need to follow to make deductions and the sanction for them if they fail to comply.

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