Need to know: Wage Theft Prevention Act

We want to let you know about some good news out of Albany: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law reforms to the Wage Theft Prevention Act that eliminate the annual wage notification requirement for New York employers.

The reformed law also waives the customary 60 day waiting period for new legislation to take effect, meaning employers do not have to provide a 2015 notification by February 1.

signed labor lawThe former version of the law required employers to give employees an annual notice of their rate of pay, allowances, pay day, etc. and obtain written confirmation that the notice was received. (This salary notice is the same information found on pay stubs.)

Since its enactment in 2009, reforming the Wage Theft Protection Act has been a chief priority for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s advocacy efforts, and in conjunction with our partners at Unshackle Upstate.

The reformed Wage Theft Prevention Act still includes provisions such as wage notification at the time of employee hire, stronger protections for whistle blowers, and increased penalties for employers that skim wages.

For more information on Wage Theft Prevention Act reform and to see Governor Cuomo’s signing statement, visit the New York State Department of Labor website.

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