Wage and Hour Laws

The Wage and Hour Unit 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 unit 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 unit 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 406-444-5600.

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 

Labor Standards Bureau
Wage and Hour Unit
1805 Prospect Avenue
PO Box 201503
Helena, MT 59620-1503
(406) 444-5600

U.S. Department of Labor
Salt Lake City District Office
Wage & Hour Division
Eagle Gate Plaza & Tower
60 E. South Temple St, Suite 575
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-1016
(801) 524-5706