Wage Theft Prevention Act

The Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) took effect in 2011 in New York State, requiring employers to give written notice of wage rates to each new hire.

The governor of New York recently signed reforms of this Act into law that eliminate the annual wage notification requirement for New York employers. The 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 is the same information found on pay stubs.)

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.

Links & Resources

New York State Department of Labor

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National Law Review

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Unshackle Upstate

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