Loyola University Chicago

Human Resources

Wage Information

Loyola University Chicago (University) will honor all legally served wage summons as required by law. It is the employee's personal responsibility to keep financial affairs in order, and the University may subject employees with multiple cases to progressive discipline. The University will not honor voluntary wage deductions agreed upon by an employee and creditor.

Legal Restrictions
Under the Federal Wage Garnishment Law and the Illinois Revised Statutes, creditors are permitted to collect delinquent debts from the wages of our employees.

There are at least three (3) major kinds of wage deductions the University may legally be required to make:

  • Wage Assignments: a written instrument to secure an existing debt of a wage-earner or one contracted by the wage-earner at the time of execution.
  • Wage Deduction Orders (formerly referred to as Garnishments) are court orders to withhold an amount from the employee's earnings for a debt.
  • Levies are generally filed by the Internal Revenue Service or the State Revenue Service for unpaid taxes.

Employee Rights
The law prohibits the employer from discharging or suspending an employee on the grounds that their earnings have been subject to garnishment or assignments for any one (1) indebtedness. However, an employee may be disciplined for wage deduction orders for more than one (1) indebtedness within a one-year period.

Assistance to Employees
Human Resources will contact employees experiencing problems with wage assignments and garnishments, and will attempt to provide assistance if appropriate. The Employee Assistance Program may be used, in confidence, by any University employee needing a referral for credit problems. Additionally, the Law School's Tax Clinic may also provide help to a University employee.

Revised: 2/23/24