Wage Payment Collection and Minimum Wage

The Iowa Division of Labor enforces the Iowa Wage Payment Collection and the Iowa Minimum Wage Laws. The state law requires the payment of wages and benefits due under a company policy or contract. If an employer is paying less (or not providing all the benefits outlined in the policy or contract) the Iowa Division of Labor should be notified. To notify the Iowa Division of Labor, either the Claim for Wages form in English or Claim For Wages form in Spanish may be printed, completed, and submitted to the Iowa Division of Labor office.  More information can be found by reviewing the Steps in the Wage Claims Process or Iowa Code and Administrative Rules.

You may file in District Court on your own behalf or seek assistance from a private attorney. In some instances it is also beneficial to file with the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Office.

The Iowa Division of Labor handles claims relating to unpaid wages, vacation pay, unpaid expenses, unauthorized deductions, minimum wage, etc. If a case cannot be settled or mediated, the Iowa Division of Labor may file a suit against the employer for wages, liquidated damages, court costs and attorney fees.

The Iowa Division of Labor does not accept claims for wages when one of the following applies:

  • It has been more than one year from the date the wages became due and payable
  • Amount owed is more than $5,000.00
  • Work was not performed in Iowa

Overtime Payments

Call the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Office at 515-284-4625.

Wage Quick Links

Claim for Wages - English
Claim for Wages - Spanish
Employer Response Form
Wage Frequently Asked Questions
Steps in a Wage Claim Process
Iowa Minimum Wage Poster
Wage Iowa Code and Administrative Rules
U.S. Department of Labor
Elaws Advisor
PDF and Webpage Issues
Contact the Wage Staff