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N.Y.: Bill Eliminating Wage Theft Notice Requirements Awaits Governor’s Signature

By Rita Zeidner  7/22/2014
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New York employers no longer would be required to provide workers with annual wage notices under a measure approved by the New York Senate and Assembly June 19, 2014. If signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the measure would take effect 60 days after his signature.

The same measure would increases penalties for employers who fail to provide wage notices at the time of hire. Employees who aren’t given the initial wage notice within 10 days of their first work day could recover up to $50.00 per work day for each day of violation. (Currently the fine is $50 per week.) 

The bill also would raise the amount an employee may recover from an employer who doesn’t provide adequate pay stub information. Currently, failure to provide adequate statements with each paycheck may subject an employer to damages of $100 per work week, not to exceed $2,500. The bill would raise the penalty to $250 for each workday that the violation occurred, not to exceed $2,500.

Currently New York employers are required to provide new employees with specific wage information at the time of hire and to all employees by Feb. 1 of each year. This includes:

*The rate of pay.

*Method of pay (i.e., by the hour, shift, day, week or salary).

*Regular pay day.

*Employer contact information.

Wage payments must be accompanied by:

*The dates of work covered by the pay.

*The rate and method of pay.

*Employer contact information.

Rita Zeidner is a freelance business writer and former senior writer for HR Magazine.
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