TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2017
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO INCOME WITHHOLDING FOR CHILD SUPPORT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 571-52.2, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (g) to read as follows:
"(g) It shall be unlawful for any
employer to fail to comply with the requirements of this section. In addition,
an employer who fails to comply with an order of assignment of future income,
as provided for under this section, shall be liable to the obligee or the
obligee's assignee for whom support was required to be paid, for the full
amount of all sums ordered to be withheld and transmitted and not otherwise
.] and may be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 as
determined by the court."
SECTION 2. Section 576E-16, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending subsection (c) to read:
by an employer with the income withholding order issued pursuant to subsection
(a) or with the income withholding order or the notice to withhold child
support issued pursuant to section 576D-14 shall operate as a discharge of the
employer's liability to the responsible parent for that portion of the
responsible parent's earnings withheld and transmitted to the agency, regardless
of whether [
or not] the employer has withheld the correct amount.
For each payment made pursuant to an income withholding order or a notice to
withhold child support, the employer may deduct and retain as an administrative
fee an additional amount of $2 from the income owed to the responsible parent.
The total amount withheld from the obligor's income, including the
administrative fee, may not be in excess of the maximum amounts permitted under
section 303(b) of the Consumer Credit Protection Act (15 U.S.C. §1673(b)). Any
income withholding order or notice to withhold child support shall have
priority as against any garnishment, attachment, execution, or other income withholding
order, or any other order, and shall not be subject to the exemptions or
restrictions contained in part III of chapter 651 and in chapters 652 and 653.
An employer who fails to comply with an income withholding order under this
section or with an income withholding order or notice to withhold child support
issued pursuant to section 576D-14 shall be liable to the obligee or the agency
for the full amount of all sums ordered to be withheld and transmitted. In
addition, any employer violating this subsection may be subject
to a fine not to exceed $1,000 as determined by the court. An employer receiving an income withholding order or a
notice to withhold child support shall transmit amounts withheld to the agency
within five working days after the responsible parent is paid. The employer
shall begin withholding no later than the first pay period commencing within
seven business days following the date a copy of the order or the notice to
withhold child support is mailed to the employer.
As used in this subsection, the term "business day" means a day on which the employer's office is open for regular business. The employer shall withhold funds as directed in the order or the notice to withhold child support, except that when an employer receives an income withholding order issued by another state, the employer shall apply the income withholding law of the state of the obligor's principal place of employment in determining:
(1) The employer's fee for processing an income withholding order;
(2) The maximum amount permitted to be withheld from the obligor's income under section 303(b) of the Consumer Credit Protection Act (15 U.S.C. §1673(b));
(3) The time periods within which the employer must implement the income withholding order and forward the child support payment;
(4) The priorities for withholding and allocating income withheld for multiple child support obligees; and
(5) Any withholding terms or conditions not specified in the order.
An employer who complies with an income withholding order or a notice to withhold child support that is regular on its face shall not be subject to civil liability to any person or agency for conduct in compliance with the order.
An employer who is required to withhold amounts from the income of more than one employee may remit to the agency a sum total of all such amounts in one check with a listing of the amounts applicable to each employee.
Within two working days after receipt of the amounts withheld by the employer, the agency shall disburse the amounts to the obligee for the benefit of the child, except that the agency may delay the distribution of collections toward arrearages until resolution of any timely requested hearing with respect to such arrearages."
2. By amending subsection (e) to read:
"(e) It shall be unlawful for any
employer to refuse to hire a prospective employee, to discharge an employee, or
to take any other disciplinary action against an employee, based in whole or in
part upon an order or notice to withhold child support authorized by this
section. Any employer [
violating this section shall be guilty of a
misdemeanor and shall be punished under section 710-1077(1)(g).] who
fails to comply with this subsection may be subject to a fine not to
exceed $1,000 as determined by the court."
SECTION 3. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on January 7, 2059.
Child Support; Income Withholding; Employer; Fines
Amends the income withholding requirements to impose a fine against any employer who discharges from employment, refuses to employ, or takes disciplinary action against any noncustodial parent subject to income withholding, or who fails to comply with an order of assignment of future income. Takes effect on 1/7/2059. (SD2)
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