3.4.2 – Pay Deductions and Complaint Procedures

POLICY:  Spoon River College strives to comply with all applicable wage and hour laws, including, but not limited to, the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (820 ILCS 115/1), the Illinois Garnishment Act (735 ILCS 5/12-801-819), and the Illinois Wage Assignment Act (740 ILCS 170/1) and prohibits improper deductions from employee paychecks.


This policy applies to all Spoon River College employees receiving compensation through the College’s payroll system.


Family Support:  A court order to withhold an amount from an employee’s pay resulting from child and/or spousal support.  Family support orders take precedent over debts.

Wage Garnishment:  A court order to withhold an amount from an employee’s pay resulting from consumer debt.  Deduction is sent directly to the creditor.

Wage Assignment:  An agreement between an employee and a creditor authorizing a wage deduction in the event the employee fails to make payments to the creditor.  Must include 1) the employee’s signature; 2) date; 3) employee’s social security number; 4) employer’s name; 5) amount of debt; 6) explanation of the interest rate to be charged; 7) schedule of payments; and 8) include “WAGE ASSIGNMENT” in bold at the top of the document and near the employee’s signature.


  1. Family Support, wage garnishments, and wage assignments will be deducted in accordance with the Illinois Wage Garnishment Act.
  2. Any improper or unauthorized payroll deductions must be directed to the Human Resources Office using the procedures below.


  1. In the event of an inadvertent or improper deduction from pay, employees must immediately notify the Human Resources Office.
  2. Spoon River College will review the situation and make changes as necessary.
  3. Any questions, concerns, or complaints about the pay deductions should be directed to the Human Resources Director.
  4. Spoon River College will promptly investigate reports of improper deductions.
  5. If the College determines an improper deduction has been made, the employee(s) will be promptly reimbursed.