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268.155 CHILD SUPPORT DEDUCTED FROM UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.
    Subdivision 1. Definitions. As used in this section:
    (1) "Child support obligations" means obligations that are being enforced by a child support
agency in accordance with a plan described in United States Code, title 42, section 454, of
the Social Security Act that has been approved by the secretary of health and human services
under part D of title IV of the Social Security Act. This does not include any type of spousal
maintenance or foster care payments; and
    (2) "Child support agency" means the public agency responsible for child support
enforcement.
    Subd. 2. Notice upon application. In an application for unemployment benefits, the
applicant must disclose if child support obligations are owed and, if so, in what state and county.
If child support obligations are owed, the commissioner shall, if the applicant establishes a benefit
account, notify the child support agency.
    Subd. 3. Withholding of unemployment benefits. The commissioner shall deduct and
withhold from any unemployment benefits payable to an applicant who owes child support
obligations:
    (1) the amount required under a proper order of a court or administrative agency; or
    (2) if clause (1) is not applicable, the amount determined under an agreement under United
States Code, title 42, section 454 (20) (B) (i), of the Social Security Act; or
    (3) if clause (1) or (2) is not applicable, the amount specified by the applicant.
    Subd. 4. Payment. Any amount deducted and withheld must be paid to the child support
agency, but will for all purposes be treated as if it were paid to the applicant as unemployment
benefits and paid by the applicant to the child support agency in satisfaction of the applicant's
child support obligations.
    Subd. 5. Payment of costs. The child support agency must pay the costs incurred by the
commissioner in the implementation and administration of this section and sections 518A.50 and
518A.53.
    Subd. 6.[Renumbered subd 5]
History: 1Sp1982 c 1 s 22; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 384 art 2 s 67; 1994 c 488 s 8; 1996 c 417 s
10-12; 1997 c 66 s 79,80; 1997 c 203 art 6 s 92; 1999 c 107 s 54,66; 2000 c 343 s 4; 2005 c 164 s
29; 1Sp2005 c 7 s 28; 2007 c 128 art 6 s 87