Suspension of Garnishments
On May 4, 2020, Governor Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-50 ordering, in part, that:
- Beginning immediately, the provisions in Minnesota Statutes 2019, Chapters 571, which permit service of a garnishment summons on a consumer debtor or consumer garnishee, are suspended. For the purposes of this Executive Order, the terms “Consumer Debtor” and “Consumer Garnishee” have the definition of “debtor” and “garnishee” as used in Minnesota Statutes section 571.712, subdivisions 2(b) and 2(c), when applied to debtors and garnishees who are natural persons and whose debt originated from the purchase of goods or services purchased primarily for a personal, family, or household purpose, and not for a commercial, agricultural, or business purpose.
- Beginning immediately, Minnesota Statutes 2019, sections 571.93 through 571.932, which permit prejudgment garnishment on a Consumer Debtor or Consumer Garnishee, are suspended.
- Beginning immediately, the provisions of Minnesota Statutes 2019, section 550.011, which permits a judgment creditor to obtain information about a consumer debtor’s assets, liabilities, and personal earnings, are suspended.
On March 25, 2020, Governor Tim Walz issued an Executive Order requiring Minnesota residents “to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in the Activities and Critical Sector,” as defined in the Order. The Order is in effect from March 27 through April 10, 2020. Executive Order 20-48 extended the stay-at-home order through May 17.
Temporary Work From Home Allowance for Debt Collectors
On March 13, 2020, the Minnesota Commerce Department issued guidance to collection agencies temporarily allowing individual collectors to work from home without the necessity of procuring “a license for each place where a business is to be conducted.”