Wage Assignments (M.G.L.
- Any assignment made by a married man must contain the written consent of his wife. (M.G.L.c. 154, ss. 2, 3)
- An assignment for less than $3,000 must be filed with the clerk of the employee's city or town and is valid for up to one year. It must state on its face that the first $10 of each week's wages will be exempt. (M.G.L.c. 154, s. 2)
- An assignment for $3,000 or more must be for an existing debt and can be valid for up to two years. It must state that three-fourths of each week's earnings will be exempt. (M.G.L.c. 154, s. 3)
- Such an assignment must contain a statement of the balance due and of the sums of money received by the assignee, together with the date of every such payment and a statement as to whether such assignment is interest, a payment on the principal, or, in case of a loan, a payment on the charge for making and securing it. (M.G.L.c. 154, s. 4)
- The assignment also must be in a certain standard form to be effective. (M.G.L.c. 154, s. 5)
- Wages cannot be assigned to the employer. (M.G.L.c. 149, s. 150)
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