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Washington Wage Recovery Act Effective January 1, 2022

Submitted by UCS on November 9, 2021

Notification from Department of Licensing (DOL) Filing a Wage Lien – Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

On January 1, 2022, the Washington Wage Recovery Act will take effect and will provide a new process for workers to file a wage lien for unpaid wages. Once the law takes effect, a wage lien may be filed with Washington’s Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) office via a financing statement. On January 1, 2022, an employee may file a wage lien with the UCC office as part of their effort to collect unpaid wages.

Washington’s UCC office at the Department of Licensing is a central place for the filing of the notice and pledging property of an individual as collateral. The UCC office already accepts filings for non-UCC liens on certain property, such as crop liens.

The Wage Lien may be filed with the UCC office online or by completing a form and mailing it to the DOL’s Uniform Commercial Code office. Information pertaining to the filing process, fees and forms will be ready and available by clicking here on January 1, 2022.

This Washington Wage Recovery Act will affect:
• Legal professionals practicing employment law; representing either employees or employers.
• State agencies, regular UCC filers, Creditors, Collection Agencies, Data Purchasers, bulk electronic filers.
• Employees seeking lost wages.
• Employers with liens against personal property.

Need more info? Information, instructions, and forms for filing a Wage Lien with the UCC office will be available on DOL’s website here.

Check back regularly as DOL is updating the website with the latest bulletins. If you have any questions, please contact the UCC office at ucc@dol.wa.gov. or speak with a UCS Client Service Representative.