2013 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 18A - EDUCATION
Section 18A:71C-16 - Deduction of overdue student loan payments from wages of employees of the private sector.
18A:71C-16 Deduction of overdue student loan payments from wages of employees of the private sector.
18A:71C-16. Deduction of Overdue Student Loan Payments From Wages of Employees of the Private Sector.
Whenever any officer or employee or any employer within or outside this State not described in N.J.S.18A:71C-10, N.J.S.18A:71C-12 or N.J.S.18A:71C-14 has failed to make scheduled payments to the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority on any note or other written obligation held by that authority, there shall be deducted from the wages of the employee the full amount of both any arrears payment and any scheduled payment due to the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority until such time as the note or other written obligation is fully satisfied.
The employer shall retain an amount, as established by regulations promulgated jointly by the Department of the Treasury and the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, of the moneys collected to defray the cost of collection.
An employer may not discharge from employment, refuse to employ, or take disciplinary action against an individual subject to wage deduction in accordance with this section by reason of the fact the individual's wages have been subject to wage deduction under this section, and the individual may sue in a State court of competent jurisdiction any employer who takes this action. The court shall award attorneys' fees to a prevailing employee and, in its discretion, may order reinstatement of the individual, award punitive damages and back pay to the employee, or order another remedy as may be reasonably necessary.
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