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TWC administers the Texas Payday Law, which assists employees in the recovery of their unpaid wages. Wage problems often can be cleared up by discussing them with your employer. Before submitting a claim for unpaid wages, you may want to inform your employer about the Texas Payday Law.
A wage claim must be submitted no later than 180 days after the date the claimed wages originally became due for payment. If part of your unpaid wages were due within 180 days, submit a claim only for that part. Your claim should identify each type of unpaid wage claimed and how you determined the amount due. If you are owed wages by more than one employer, submit a separate wage claim for each employer.
TWC cannot investigate a wage claim if the employer filed for bankruptcy; you may need to file proof of claim directly with the Bankruptcy Court.
You can get a wage claim form:
The deadline for submitting a wage claim is no later than 180 days after the date your claimed wages originally became due for payment.
Your claim must be signed and declared as true under penalty of perjury.
You may mail or fax your completed form, along with any information necessary to support the claim. Attach a copy of your most recent payroll check or stub.
If your address or phone number changes, it is your responsibility to notify Labor Law in writing immediately. If we cannot contact you, the likelihood of collecting unpaid wages will be reduced.
If you have questions or need assistance completing your wage claim, call the TWC Labor Law Section at 800-832-9243 or 512-475-2670.
TWC takes the following steps on a wage claim:
Wage amounts awarded in wage claim cases are not drawn from state funds. Any monies due to an employee must be collected from the employer before they are disbursed.
If the money cannot be collected, TWC may file a lien as a permanent record of the debt owed to the employee by the employer. Any money collected on an employee’s behalf will be forwarded to the most current address on file with TWC. It is the employee’s responsibility to notify TWC in writing if his or her address or phone number changes.
To appeal our wage claim decision, the appealing party must send a written request within 21 days from the date of the decision notice. If you file your appeal by fax, then the appeal date is the date and time TWC received the appeal.