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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New York Enacts Wage Theft Protection Act

Governor Patterson recently signed the Wage Theft Protection Act into law. 

There is growing evidence that minimum wage violations are quite common in this country. No doubt this statute was enacted to combat this as well as over-time violations. It amends the state labor law. Specifically, the statute imposes additional notice requirements requiring that employees be informed in writing about their rate of pay and eligibility for over-time pay, requires that employers maintain payroll records for 6 years, provides the state commissioner of labor with additional enforcement powers, provides employees may recover liquidated damages and attorneys fees. Most interesting is that employers who commit willful violations can be responsible criminally. If the amount is more than 1 millions dollars it can even be a felony. Query, how can an employer serve jail time and who from the employer would be criminally responsible?

It will be interesting to see if this new law changes anything.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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It's always the right of every employees to be fully and properly compensated. Sometimes when an employee is late he is automatically charges of it or a deduction to his salary but when he spent more time beyond his duty time its always neglected. Its nice to know that the government have given considerations to these problems.

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