DEA orders - micro-employer exemption?

DEA orders - micro-employer exemption?

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We've received a Direct Earnings Attachment (DEA) order from Dept of Work & Pensions (DWP) for the employee of a small client. The client only has 5 employees and administering the DEA would be a real headache due to the way they pay their staff.

I understood that micro-employers (<10 staff) were exempted from the legal obligation to enforce a DEA order. This AWeb article mentions the exemption - and if you google "DEA + micro-employer" you find that every local council in the land recognises this.

However I cannot find any mention of the exemption on and when I rang DWP, they denied all knowledge of such an exemption.

Can anyone give me the evidence to back me up?

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