EPISODE 27~ FIND YOURS: Missing Wages: Discover Your Hard Earned Money From Previous Jobs

If you think you may be owed back wages from your employer, search the Wage and Hour Division, also known as the WHD —not to be confused with WMD. Much nicer, actually! The Wage and Hour Division has a database of workers who have money waiting to be claimed. WHD is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor. It’s the department that enforces many of our nation’s labor laws. When WHD find violations, it often recovers unpaid wages on behalf of employees. The agency tries to locate all employees due back wages and give them the good news. But when it can’t find an employee, WHD holds their back wages for three years. After three years, if the agency still can’t find you, it is required to send the money to the U.S. Treasury. That’s why it’s important to search now! This free money disappears! I checked out the database and you start your search by entering your employer’s name, not your name. I suggest searching every version of your employer’s name. For example, I would search ABC news, where I used to work, but also Disney, because it owns ABC. If a list of companies or subsidiaries pops up and yours is on the list, then you enter your first initial and last name to see if the WHD has money waiting for you! Finally, if you find something, you can start the claims process right online. THIS is government working for the people like it should. I hope it works for YOU.

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