Payment of Wage/Anti-Retaliation

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The Division’s Payment of Wage Unit investigates complaints concerning unpaid wages in accordance with §40.1-29 of the Code of Virginia.  Investigations may be resolved informally or formally, and final orders for wages and civil penalties may be assessed for non-compliance. In some cases, criminal action may be sought by the Division to gain compliance.

Payment of Wage

NEW ON LINE SUBMISSION AVAILABLE! Visit the website here: Prod – Home   VDOLI Portal

If you have access to submit a payment of wage claim online. Please visit the website above.

If you need to submit a paper form, please follow the instructions below.

NOTE: All claim forms must be physically signed and submitted to the Division via U.S. postal mail. Faxed or emailed forms cannot be accepted! Please mail your completed claim form to the following address:

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
Division of Labor and Employment Law
6606 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230

If you cannot print a claim form, you may contact the Payment of Wage Unit and request a paper form.

Claim for Unpaid Wages Form

Complete this claim form if you have not properly been paid wages owed to you by your employer or are not being paid the Virginia minimum wage.

Formulario de Reclamo por Salarios no Pagados

Complete este forumlario si no ha pagado correctamente por su empleador o no se le pagaron el salario mínimo de Virginia.

Payment of Wage Retaliation Claim Form

Virginia Code § 40.1-33.2 prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee for filing a Claim for Unpaid Wages with the Department and/or initiating a civil proceeding for unpaid wages.

If you believe you have been affected by an act of retaliation specifically related to filing a wage claim or a civil proceeding, please complete this claim form.

Wage Sharing Retaliation Claim Form

Virginia Code § 40.1-28.7:9 prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee for inquiring into or sharing information about the employee’s own wages or other compensation or about any other employee’s wages or other compensation.

If you believe you have been affected by an act of retaliation specifically related to wage sharing, please complete this claim form.

Misclassification Retaliation Claim Form

Virginia Code § 40.1-33.1 prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee for reporting or planning to report to an appropriate authority that they have been misclassified by their employer.

If you believe you have been affected by an act of retaliation specifically related to your classification status, please complete the claim form listed below.

FAQs

What is the minimum wage in Virginia?

The minimum wage is established by the Code of Virginia § 40.1-28.10. The law establishes $12.00 per hour as the minimum wage effective January 1, 2023. When an employee is subject to both the federal and state wage laws, the employee is entitled to the higher minimum wage rate.

Are there any workers exempt from the Virginia minimum wage act?

Yes, there are numerous categories of workers who are exempt from the Virginia minimum wage. For a complete list, please refer to § 40.1-28.9 Code of Virginia. For questions about whether certain types of employment may meet an exemption from the Virginia minimum wage, please contact the Department’s Payment of Wage Unit at (804) 786-2706.

Does the state issue sub-minimum wage certificates?

No, Virginia does not issue sub-minimum wage certificates.

Are farm workers required to receive the Virginia minimum wage?

No, farm laborers or farm workers are exempt from the minimum wage.

Does the department enforce overtime rates?

While § 40.1-29.2 Code of Virginia recognizes the same overtime pay provisions as established under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Department cannot enforce overtime pay issues. Individuals who feel they are owed overtime wages should direct their complaints to the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division or pursue private litigation.

How are wages defined in the Wage Act?

Wages means legal tender of the United States or checks or drafts on banks negotiable into cash on demand or upon acceptance at full value. Wages includes the reasonable cost to the employer of furnishing meals and lodging to an employee if such board or lodging is customarily furnished by the employer and used by the employee.

Does the Virginia minimum wage act cover public sector workers?

Employees of the Commonwealth, any of its agencies, institutions, or political subdivisions, and any public body are covered under the Virginia Minimum Wage Act. The Virginia minimum wage is not binding on the federal government and its component agencies.

What is Virginia's minimum wage for tipped employees?

The minimum wage for tipped employees in Virginia is the same as the minimum wage for all other covered employees. The Department honors the “tip credit” provisions established under the Fair Labor Standards Act and allows an employer to pay a tipped employee at least $2.13 per hour. However, the combined wage rate plus the tips actually received by the employee must meet the Virginia minimum wage rate. If a tipped employee fails to earn enough tips to reach the Virginia minimum wage rate, the employer must pay them the remaining difference.

Note: The law defines “tipped employee” as an employee who in the course of employment customarily and regularly receives tips totaling more than $30.00 each month from persons other than the employee’s employer.

Does the state require employers to display a minimum wage poster?

Virginia does not require employers to display a poster advising of the Virginia minimum wage. However, should an employer wish to post a notice, the Department provides a Minimum Wage Notice.

Contact Us

Address

Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
Division of Labor and Employment Law
6606 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230

Phone Number

Office: (804) 786-2706
Fax: (804) 371-4643

Email Address

General Questions:
LaborLaw@doli.virginia.gov


You may pay for your inspection certificate invoice online. Accepted methods of payment include:

  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Electronic Check (E-Check)
  • Electronic Transfer (EDI)
  • Money Order
  • Cash IS NOT accepted

If you wish to pay by credit card or e-check, you will need certain information from your invoice, including invoice number and the Virginia number (VA number) of one of the objects. The VA number can be found on the table that appears on the invoice. You will only need to provide one VA number, even if your invoice lists several object numbers.

For all other methods of payment, please follow the instructions on the invoice and the remittance form you received.

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