Child Support: The Laws, Rules And Regulations For Proper Handling In The Payroll Department

  • Accountant
  • CPP
  • CPA (US)
  • HRCI
  • SHRM
  • FPC
  • CWS

Published: October, 2021

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Course Description


  • The background on child support
    4 mins
  • The Laws, Rules and Regulations
    16 mins
  • Withholding and Paying child Support
    26 mins
  • Processing Thru Payroll
    43 mins
  • Medical Support Notices
    71 mins
  • If Your Employee is Called up for Active Duty!
    98 mins

Course Description

Employee wages are subject to mandatory deductions. You must withhold federal, state, and local income taxes; Social Security and Medicare taxes; state unemployment tax, if applicable; and any other deductions determined by state law. This CPE course covers the proper processing of child support as it is one of the court-mandated deductions. 

Only 60% of child support payments are received, meaning 40% of child support payments go unpaid. When a parent doesn’t voluntarily meet their child support obligations, employers might be involved in the child support process.

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 75% of child support payments are collected through child support withholding. An employer may have to withhold child support from an employee’s wages at some point.

The primary focus of the CPE webinar is the proper processing of child support orders in the payroll department. 

In this CPE webinar we will cover the following Key Topics:

  • Basics of Prioritizing all types of garnishments.
  • What is Child Support Deduction?
  • Laws and regulations governing Child Support.
  • Major Federal Laws.
  • How states have adopted/adapted these laws.
  • What is the Income Withholding Order (IWO)?
  • How to determine if the order is “withhold regular on its face” and must be processed or if it can be rejected?
  • The steps to processing an IWO in the payroll department.
  • Creating templates to assist with this communication with both the employee and the issuing party.
  • The best practices for reconciling and paying child support.
  • Reviewing the National Medical Support Notice.
  • Case study: How to determine the actual withholding from wages for 1,2, and 3 child support including arrearages.
  • How to process lump sums and how to handle terminating as well as rehiring employees?
  • How to go paperless with processing child support by a discussion of the e-IWO program and paying child support by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)?

This will be a comprehensive webinar covering the subject of child support that will be informative and rewarding for Payroll and HR professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • To discuss the specific requirements for child support including deduction limits, deadlines, filing procedures, administrative fees, and penalties/fines for violations under both federal and state law.
  • To identify the requirements for processing medical support notices.
  • To identify which garnishment has priority when an employee has current support orders, medical support notices, and arrearages.
  • To analyze how to handle terminated employees in regards to child support.
  • To recognize the differences between state and federal requirements for child support.
  • To analyze how to calculate withholding and prioritize the order of distribution when an employee has more than one type of garnishment.
  • To identify best practices for processing child support garnishments in the payroll department.
  • To discuss the laws that govern the withholding and processing of child support including the Consumer Credit Protection Act (CCPA) and Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA).
  • To analyze the requirements for calculating the amount of withholding for child support when an employee has one withholding order with or without arrearages.
  • To discuss the requirements for calculating the amount of withholding for child support when an employee has more than one withholding order.
  • To identify how to go paperless with child support by receiving electronic withholding orders and paying by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
  • To identify best practices concerning child support withholding and communicating with employees and the issuing parties.

Recommended For

  • This Online Continuing Professional Education webinar is recommended for CPAs in the US, CMAs, CIAs, IAPs. QIALs, CRMAs, Payroll Professionals, and Other Professionals are responsible for new hire reporting, income withholding, medical support, and payment remittance.
  • This online CPE course is also good for Senior Professionals responsible for training payroll, personnel, or human resources staff.

Who Should Attend?

  • Accountant
  • Accounting Firm
  • Accounting Managers
  • CPA (Industry)
  • CPA - Mid Size Firm
  • CPA - Small Firm
  • CPA in Business
  • HR Professionals
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Young CPA

Course Qualification

Webinar Qualifies For

  • 2 CPE Credit of Specialized Knowledge for Certified Public Accountants (CPA-US)
  • 2 RCH Credit of HR (General) for Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) (Approval No. 583268)
  • 2 PDC Credit of Business Acumen for SHRM Professionals (Approval No. 22-UJQA7)
  • 2 CE Credit for Certified Fiduciary & Investment Risk Specialist (CFIRS)
  • 2 CE Credit for Certified Wealth Strategist (CWS)
  • 2 General Credit for Accountant/Bookeeper
  • 2 RCH Credit of Core Payroll Concepts for Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) (Approval No. 22CPE025)
  • 2 RCH Credit of Core Payroll Concepts for Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC) (Approval No. 22CPE025)

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About Presenter

Vicki Lambert, CPP

President, The Payroll Advisor

Vicki M. Lambert, CPP, is president and academic director of The Payroll Advisor™ a firm specializing in training payroll professionals. With over 35 years of hands-on experience in all facets of payroll functions as well as over 20 years as a trainer and author, Ms. Lambert is a sought-after and respected voice in the practice and management of payroll issues. She has conducted open market training seminars on payroll issues across the United States that have been attended by executives and professionals from some of the most prestigious firms in business today.

Ms. Lambert has lectured extensively on payroll administration and compliance issues for clients that have included Automatic Data Processing, CCH Incorporated, Ceridian Employer Services, and The Employer Group. Ms. Lambert has also served as a consultant and in-house trainer for businesses such as Sun Microsystems, Paychex, Fox Studios, Disney, County of Riverside, and City of Hesperia.

Ms. Lambert is an adjunct faculty member at Brandman University in Southern California. She is the creator of and the instructor for the Practical Payroll Online program offered through the School of Extended Education. Ms. Lambert currently produces and presents audio seminars and webcasts for clients and business groups throughout the country.

About Company

The Payroll Advisor

The Payroll Advisor™ was developed to be your source for payroll training at all levels within the payroll field as well as for anyone who relies on complete, accurate and timely information regarding all aspects of the payroll function.
Our Philosophy
To achieve and maintain an acceptable level of competence within any endeavor requires effort and commitment. To truly become a master of your chosen field demands a curiosity and dedication that brings the science and mechanics of an occupation or craft to a level of artistry. But there is a level beyond that of a master that few in any area achieve. To get here one must have a passion for the field that transcends professional accolades or economic achievement. This is the point where the importance of the activity, the nobility of the work, and the realization that the positive results from your efforts can elevate the entire field. It is from this passion that The Payroll Advisor™ came to be.
Our Mission
The mission of The Payroll Advisor™ is to provide the absolute best payroll training available!  It must be timely, correct, understandable and accessible, and focused on the actual needs of the payroll professional in today’s fast-paced business environment.  This is done chiefly through the internet and other electronic means.
We also offer our high-quality webinars to outside vendors to offer to their clients through their own brand. Ms. Lambert is the speaker for each of these information-packed webinars. Our clients include Ascentis, Audio Solutions, Avant Resources, Business 21 Publications/Rapid Learning Institute, Center for Competitive Management, Compliance Online, Online Compliance Panel, Peoplestrategy, Thompson Interactive and Train HR.
Extended Education:  We concentrate on two methods to provide the finest quality payroll training under the Extended Education Departments of colleges and universities across the country. First, the Payroll Practice and Management Online Program is available in over one thousand colleges and universities across the United States and worldwide through Ed2Go/Cengage Learning/Gatlin Education.  Ms. Lambert is the content editor for this outstanding program as well as its current facilitator.
Second, Ms. Lambert is the content developer as well as the instructor for the Practical Payroll Online program offered at Brandman University. As an adjunct faculty member, Ms. Lambert teaches both the spring and fall semesters programs.


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