LIENS, MORTGAGES AND PLEDGES
CLAIMS FOR WAGES
45-602. Wages of employees preferred. In all assignments of property made by any person to trustees or assignees, or in proceedings in insolvency, an employee’s wages for services rendered within sixty (60) days preceding such assignment, not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500), is a preferred claim, and must be paid by such trustees or assignees before any creditor or creditors of the assignor or insolvent debtor; provided, that whenever any such employee has filed a notice of lien against any property of the assignor, the employee may elect between the provisions of this section and the employee’s lien.
[(45-602) 1893, p. 49, ch. 4, sec. 1; reen. 1899, p. 147, ch. 4, sec. 1; reen. R.C. & C.L., sec. 5145; C.S., sec. 7376; I.C.A., sec. 44-601; am. and redesignated 45-602, 1989, ch. 280, sec. 2, p. 678; am. 1999, ch. 51, sec. 3, p. 116.]