3:12 PM, Oct 13, 2015 • By SHOSHANA WEISSMANN
The Department of Labor may soon be able to garnish your wages without a court order.
A new study by Sam Batkins at the American Action Forum (AAF) explain's DOL's new rule. "Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) officially published a rule that allows it to garnish the wages of employees who owe the agency money 'without first obtaining a court order,'" explains Batkins. "Those are the words of the rule."
He notes that under this rule, DOL "could have the power to withhold up to 15 percent of an employee’s wages."
DOL's rule would enable the agency to garnish wages of any American with “unpaid loans," or even "overpayments or duplicate payments made to federal salary or benefit payment receipts.”
"Although there are provisions for financial hardship that might mitigate the garnishment, the agency notes that only after all amounts are paid, including 'interest, penalties, and administrative costs,' can individuals receive a notice that garnishment has ended," writes Batkins.
This would give DOL similar authority to that of the IRS, which doesn't have to obtain a court order to garnish wages.
The last time an agency tried to allow itself to garnish wages, it ended quickly. Batkins adds that in 2014, the "Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the extraordinary step of publishing a direct final rule allowing the agency to garnish the wages of individuals who owed them debts or fines." However, following public outrage, they withdrew the rule.
Batkins notes a few questions raised by DOL's efforts. "Wage garnishment by the IRS might make sense, but non-tax debt to EPA and DOL? All of this without first appearing before a judge? Despite the agencies’ explanations, there are still countless questions about this intrusive new power."
Jul 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 43 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
On July 16, we saw the definitive end to one of the greatest abuses of power in recent memory. After five years, the Wisconsin supreme court finally halted the Milwaukee district attorney’s notorious “John Doe” investigation that targeted Governor Scott Walker and political allies trying to reform the state’s laws regarding fiscally ruinous public employee unions.
11:36 AM, Apr 7, 2015 • By FRED BARNES
Judith Miller, the former New York Times reporter, has blown a big hole in the case against Lewis “Scooter” Libby, convicted of lying to avoid blame for outing a CIA agent. Miller was a key witness in Libby’s trial, but in her new book she has repudiated her testimony.
7:05 PM, Feb 25, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an MSNBC townhall in Miami, President Obama vows to fight the court ruling against the executive amnesty he adopted last year.
2:01 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By TERRY EASTLAND
Last winter President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development published a regulation pursuant to the Fair Housing Act that defines discrimination as actions or policies that while neutral and nondiscriminatory in their intent have a disparate impact, shown through statistics, on a group of persons defined in terms of race (and other protected groups).
Feb 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 21 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
The Scrapbook has devoted plenty of column inches over the years to detailing the incestuous relationship between public employers and public employee unions. Every election cycle, union dues—paid with taxpayer dollars—go to Democratic politicians, who, when in office, thank their donors with immutable contracts containing generous wages and benefits. It’s truly a vicious circle. But even we were surprised when we found out just how directly money was being funneled from public coffers to private pockets through union contracts.
30 members support the House Resolution calling for civil action.1:49 PM, Dec 12, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws.
3:31 PM, Nov 7, 2013 • By TERRY EASTLAND
“Detroit civil rights lawyer Shanta Driver made a last-minute decision to argue in a high-profile Supreme Court affirmative action case on Oct. 15 in part, she said, because so few African-Americans appear before the justices.”
12:12 PM, Jun 26, 2013 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Much will be written about Chief Justice Roberts's opinion for the court in Hollingsworth v. Perry, holding that supporters of California's Proposition 8 lacked constitutional "standing" to defend in federal court California's ballot initiative against same-sex marriage. (Whether or not same-sex marriage will destroy traditional marriage someday, it's certainly destroying Twitter this morning.) But one ironic twist deserves immediate mention.
3:52 PM, Jun 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama today nominated three liberals to fill longstanding judicial vacancies on the important Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Will the Senate rubber-stamp the president's nominees—even though the court's fine as it is, with the eight judges currently serving enjoying the lightest caseload in the country? In 2006, when the Senate refused to consider the nomination of Peter Keisler to that court, Senator Ted Kennedy stressed that “we should consider these caseload declines carefully before we fill the current vacancy. American taxpayers deserve no less.” Since then, the court has only added more judges and heard fewer cases.
7:32 AM, Mar 27, 2013 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as being between couples of the opposite sex. Today they’re hearing them on the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman at the federal level. Like Roe v. Wade, the high court’s decision on these cases is likely to fuel the culture war for a generation or two, at least. Unlike with Roe, the Court seems to understand that it’s been handed an issue of enormous consequence.
“Now I’m up to 20 push-ups.”10:48 AM, Mar 20, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talks about her work outs in an interview with the Washington Post. “When I started, I looked like a survivor of Auschwitz,” she tells the paper. “Now I’m up to 20 push-ups.”
4:20 PM, Jan 29, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
On Friday, a 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously declared President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to be unconstitutional.
6:18 PM, Oct 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Attorney Gloria Allred has reportedly been planning a pre-Election Day surprise targeting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The key for the attention-seeking lawyer, it seems, is to uncover "Mitt Romney’s 1991 testimony in the divorce of Staples founder Tom Stemberg," the Boston Globe reports. But a document revealing the judge's ruling on the case in 1994 suggests the case has long been legally settled.
4:23 PM, Aug 9, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
As the New York Times reports, "The Federal Trade Commission on Thursday fined Google $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser to show advertisements, and violated an earlier privacy settlement with the agency."