Washington Collectors Association Secures Clarity on Temporary Garnishment Restrictions from Governor’s Office

Governor’s proclamation, now in effect until Sept. 1, clarifies that the garnishment restrictions apply to CARES Act payments, not wage garnishments.

8/5/2020 10:00 AM

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Washington Collectors Association Secures Clarity on Temporary Garnishment Restrictions from Governor’s Office

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has extended a proclamation to temporarily prohibit certain garnishments statewide from Aug. 1, 2020, to Sept. 1, 2020, or until the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency, whichever is first, according to a news release.

The updated proclamation contains an important clarification for the accounts receivable management industry and ACA International members based on the hard work of the Washington Collectors Association on advocacy with the governor’s office.

“Except as otherwise prohibited or limited by state or federal law, the statutory waivers and suspensions of Proclamations 20-49, et seq., which operate to prohibit garnishments for consumer debt in certain circumstances, (a) are not applicable to bank account funds other than CARES Act stimulus payments and state and federal unemployment payments; and (b) are not applicable to garnishments for continuing liens on earnings (wages), and have not been applicable to garnishments for continuing liens on earning(s) since May 27, 2020,” according to the proclamation.

The Washington Collectors Association focused its advocacy efforts on this important clarification from the governor’s office since the first extension of the prohibition on certain garnishments was announced.


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Washington Collectors Association Secures Clarity on Temporary Garnishment Restrictions from Governor’s Office

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has extended a proclamation to temporarily prohibit certain garnishments statewide from Aug. 1, 2020, to Sept. 1, 2020, or until the end of the COVID-19 State of Emergency, whichever is first, according to a news release.

The updated proclamation contains an important clarification for the accounts receivable management industry and ACA International members based on the hard work of the Washington Collectors Association on advocacy with the governor’s office.

“Except as otherwise prohibited or limited by state or federal law, the statutory waivers and suspensions of Proclamations 20-49, et seq., which operate to prohibit garnishments for consumer debt in certain circumstances, (a) are not applicable to bank account funds other than CARES Act stimulus payments and state and federal unemployment payments; and (b) are not applicable to garnishments for continuing liens on earnings (wages), and have not been applicable to garnishments for continuing liens on earning(s) since May 27, 2020,” according to the proclamation.

The Washington Collectors Association focused its advocacy efforts on this important clarification from the governor’s office since the first extension of the prohibition on certain garnishments was announced.


Follow ACA International on Twitter @ACAIntl and @acacollector, Facebook and request to join our LinkedIn group for news and event updates. ACA International members are welcome to submit news items for possible publication to comm@acainternational.org. Visit our publications page for news submission guidelines and subscriptions to ACA Daily, Collector magazine and Pulse.

Advertising is available for companies wishing to promote their products or services. Be sure to visit the ACA Events Calendar on the Education and Training page to view our listing of upcoming CORE Curriculum and Hot Topic seminars featuring critical educational opportunities for your company.


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