How to Submit a Wage Claim Under Texas Payday Law


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.

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How to Submit a Claim

Get a Wage Claim Form

You can get a wage claim form:

  • Online: Texas Payday Law Wage ClaimTexas Payday Law Wage Claim MS Word orTexas Payday Law Wage Claim PDF
  • En línea: Reclamo para la Ley Tejana del Salario AtrasadoReclamo para la Ley Tejana del Salario Atrasado MS Word oReclamo para la Ley Tejana del Salario Atrasado PDF
  • From your Workforce Solutions office
  • Call: 800-832-9243
  • Mail a request to:
    Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Law Section
    101 E 15th St, Rm 124T
    Austin, TX 78778-0001

Submit 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.

  • Texas Workforce Commission
    Labor Law Section
    101 E 15th St, Rm 124T
    Austin, TX 78778-0001
  • Fax: 512-475-3025

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.

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Wage Claim Process

TWC takes the following steps on a wage claim:

  • When we receive a wage claim, we mail an acknowledgement letter to the employee making the claim. The acknowledgement letter provides a brief overview of the wage claim process and notice of receipt of a claim.
  • We notify the employer by mail that a wage claim was filed and request a response from the employer. We send the employer an employer response form with a photocopy of the claim and any attachments submitted.
  • Once the wage claim investigation begins, an investigator may contact either party for additional information as needed.
  • Based on the investigation, TWC makes a decision in the case and notifies the employee and employer by mail. If either the employee or the employer disagree with the decision, each has rights to appeal.

Collection from Employer

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.

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Appealing a Wage Claim Decision

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.

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Contact Information

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