Wage and Hour Laws

The Compliance and Investigations Bureau enforces provisions of the Montana Wage Payment Act, minimum wage and overtime law, Public Contracts / Prevailing Wage Law and the State Child Labor Standards Act. As part of its function the bureau processes claims from employees who did not receive wages in a timely fashion or pursuant to their employment contract. The claims can be for such items as minimum wage, overtime, vacation pay, commissions, earned bonuses, etc. The bureau also provides assistance to the public by answering labor related phone inquiries and by providing presentations informing employers and employees of their rights and responsibilities under Montana law. Information on wage and hour laws and other functions of the unit can be obtained by calling 406-444-6543.

Related Links

Electronic Wage Payments

Title 2, Chapter 18, Part 6 (Public Employee Benefit Section)

Title 39 (Labor, Minimum Wage, Overtime & Wage Payment Act)

Wage and Hour Administrative Rules

Wage and Hour FAQs

Wage and Hour Law Book - 2015

Wage and Hour Quick Reference Guide

Attorney General Opinions

The following are links to Attorney General Opinions in relations to wage payment issues.

Opinion 17, Volume 36 (addresses Improper Withholdings) (pdf)

Opinion 25, Volume 11 (addresses Improper Withholdings) (pdf)

Opinion 56, Volume 23 (addresses Vacation Pay) (pdf)

Contact Information 

Compliance and Investigations Bureau
1805 Prospect Avenue
PO Box 201503
Helena, MT 59620-1503
(406) 444-6543