An individual who is owed wages may file a wage complaint with the Department of Labor and Industries (Department) under the Wage Payment Act (WPA). Unless the complaint is otherwise resolved, the Department must issue either a citation and notice of assessment (NOA) or a determination of compliance.
When the Department issues a citation and NOA, it may order the employer to pay the employee all wages owed, including interest of 1 percent per month, calculated from the first date wages were owed.
The WPA does not have a provision allowing for the collection of interest when a complaint is resolved before the issuance of a citation and NOA.
For all wage complaints filed on or after January 1, 2024, if the Department offers the employer the option to resolve the complaint without a citation and NOA, and the employer accepts the offer, any settlement must include interest of 1 percent per month on amounts owed. The employee may request a waiver or reduction of interest as part of the settlement process.
July 23, 2023