New N.Y. ‘wage theft’ law imposes stiff penalties on employers

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Late last year, Gov. David Paterson signed the Wage Theft Prevention Act, a law designed to end what workers’ rights advocates term “wage theft.”

Wage theft includes wage underpayment, failure to pay the minimum wage, requiring workers to work “off the clock,” pilfering tips and misclassifying workers.

The new law has teeth. It expands the New York Department of Labor’s enforcement powers, and as much as quadruples penalties on employers that violate the law.

The wage theft law takes effect April 12, but the time to plan is now.

Notice requirements

The new law expands employers’ notification and reporting requirements. It requires employers to add additional information to the envelopes bearing employees’ W-2 statements of the previous year’s earnings.

By Feb. 1 of each year, employers must provide a written notice to each employee spelling out his or her pay rate, basis of pay rate, how the employee will be paid (for exampl...(register to read more)

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