Pre-judgment garnishment is a powerful remedy that allows a creditor to secure their claims by garnishing funds owed to a debtor and holding them in court pending a further order or agreement of the parties.
In my previous article, Prejudgment Garnishing Orders: Getting it Right, I discussed how pre-judgment garnishment is available to a party that is owed a debt so as to intercept funds intended for the party they are claiming against. I also discussed how that remedy is considered extraordinary and requires strict adherence to certain requirements.
A situation that arises all the time is whether an employer can deduct the full amount of a loan, an overpayment, the cost of faulty work, cash shortages or stolen goods or the costs of their uniforms. The issue of employer deductions is governed by section 13 of the Ontario Employment Standards Act (ESA) and a clear understanding of the rules will avoid disputes and potential claims by the employee to the Ministry of Labour, Employment Standards Branch.
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