Administrative Code

Creating a Report: Check the sections you'd like to appear in the report, then use the "Create Report" button at the bottom of the page to generate your report. Once the report is generated you'll then have the option to download it as a pdf, print or email the report.

Virginia Administrative Code
Title 16. Labor And Employment
Agency 15. Department of Labor And Industry
Chapter 21. Maximum Garnishment Amounts

16VAC15-21-10. Definitions.

The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Disposable earnings" means that part of the earnings of any individual remaining after the deduction from those earnings of any amount required by law to be withheld.

"Earnings" means compensation paid or payable for personal services, whether denominated as wages, salary, commission, bonus, payments to an independent contractor, or otherwise, whether paid directly to the individual or deposited with another entity or person on behalf of and traceable to the individual, and includes periodic payments pursuant to a pension or retirement program.

"F.M.W.R." means the current federal minimum hourly wage rate set out in the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USC § 206(a)(1) or its successor, and any regulations promulgated thereunder.

"Garnishment" means any legal or equitable procedure through which the earnings of any individual are required to be withheld for payment of any debt.

"Ordinary debt" means any debt other than a debt for the support of a person or a debt for taxes, or any other debt for which a different maximum garnishment amount is established by law.

Statutory Authority

§ 34-29 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 15, Issue 17, eff. June 15, 1999.

Website addresses provided in the Virginia Administrative Code to documents incorporated by reference are for the reader's convenience only, may not necessarily be active or current, and should not be relied upon. To ensure the information incorporated by reference is accurate, the reader is encouraged to use the source document described in the regulation.

As a service to the public, the Virginia Administrative Code is provided online by the Virginia General Assembly. We are unable to answer legal questions or respond to requests for legal advice, including application of law to specific fact. To understand and protect your legal rights, you should consult an attorney.