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Workers Owed Wages

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces some of our nation's most comprehensive labor laws. When we find violations, we often recover unpaid wages on behalf of employees. The agency makes every effort to locate and notify all employees due back wages. If we cannot find an employee, we hold their back wages for three years while we continue our efforts to locate them. After three years, if we remain unable to find the person, we are required to send the money to the U.S. Treasury.

If you think you may be owed back wages collected by WHD, you can search our database of workers for whom we have money waiting to be claimed. If you find that you are due money, you can submit a claim. Start your search here, in English, or in Spanish.


The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA)

The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) is legislation intended to help address the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico. Parts of PROMESA provide for special consideration in the application of minimum wage and overtime requirements to establishments and employees located in Puerto Rico. These changes became effective on June 30, 2016, the effective date of PROMESA. For more information on the effects of PROMESA, please review the PROMESA materials developed to assist employers and employees in Puerto Rico in navigating the changes. If you have specific questions about how PROMESA may impact you, please contact our Caribbean District Office at (787) 775-1924

PROMESA Resources