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Legislature Passes Forceful Protection Against Wage Theft

On Tuesday, November 30, 2010 the New York State Assembly gave final legislative approval to the Wage Theft Prevention Act (A11726/S8380), introduced by Assemblymember Carl Heastie and Senator Diane Savino. Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, a prime sponsor of the bill who had spoken in favor of immediate passage at an event organized by supporters on Monday, called the Assembly’s action “a major victory for justice and decency in the way we treat workers, especially low-wage workers, in New York.”

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Assembly Passes Wage Boosts For Workers

Published: December 01, 2010 12:50 PMModified: December 01, 2010 2:13 PM Assembly passes wage boosts for workers

One bill quadruples penalties for employers who don't follow minimum wage and overtime laws; a second bill nearly triples the pay for certain building-service workers.

 By Daniel Massey

The Assembly overwhelmingly approved two measures Tuesday aimed at raising standards for low-wage workers across the state.

Some lawmakers argue that wage theft not only hurts workers, but makes it tougher for businesses that follow the law to remain competitive. The new law would also boost state tax revenues by about $50 million a year, advocates said.

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State Legislature OKs Savino-Sponsored Wage-Protection Bill

State Legislature OKs Savino-sponsored wage-protection bill Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:52 AM     Updated: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:59 AM Tom Wrobleski

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- State Sen. Diane Savino hailed Assembly passage yesterday of a bill she sponsored in the Senate, which she said would protect workers from "unscrupulous employers" who "steal" their earnings by paying less than minimum wage.

"Stealing from employees not only hurts families, it hurts communities," said Ms. Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn). "It also makes honest employers less competitive."

But Staten Island business leaders said the new measure could drive up costs for borough small businesses and consumers.

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Crime and Punishment

Just Try Stealing From Your Workers Once This New Law Goes On the BooksBy Tom Robbins, Thu., Dec. 2 2010 @ 8:46AM Categories: Albany, Crime and Punishment, Featured, Labor, Tom Robbins  Morgan Schweitzer

You don't get to celebrate too many victories on the state legislative level these days, but there should be a few loud cheers for its passage this week of a new law that makes it a bigger crime to steal wages from your workers.The bill means the next time an employer flips off a worker like Vicente Martinez Ávila -- whose story of working hundreds of hours of overtime in a Brooklyn cemetery for nothing is told in this week's Voice -- he risks getting slammed with tough penalties.

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Governor Paterson Signs Wage Theft Prevention Act

ALBANY, NY (12/13/2010)(readMedia)-- Governor David A. Paterson today signed into law S.8380/A.11726, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, which addresses the failure by employers to pay statutorily-mandated minimum wages and overtime by requiring annual notifications of wages, expanding notifications, enhancing available remedies for wage law violations and strengthening whistleblower protections. The Governor also announced that he has acted on ten additional bills.

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Paterson Signs Bill Expanding Worker Protections

By: Bobby Cuza

A bill signed into law Monday by Governor David paterson targets employers who illegally underpay their workers -- a practice advocates say is all too common. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.State officials say it happens all the time: New Yorkers getting ripped off by their employers who pay them less than minimum wage, fail to pay proper overtime or otherwise illegally withhold wages.

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Paterson Signs ‘Wage Theft’ Bill into Law

The Business Review - by Adam Sichko Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 8:28am EST ..Related News

By the numbers: Fewer Americans patronizing the arts.New York Gov. David Paterson signed a bill into law on Dec. 13 that creates more paperwork and regulatory hurdles for business owners.

“They say that New York is the safest big city in the world. Tell that to the thousands of New Yorkers who are robbed each week by their employers,” said Sen. Diane Savino (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn).

“For too long, penalties for employers who steal or underpay their workers have been so low that it was simply the cost of doing business,” Savino said.

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WAGE THEFT PREVENTION ACT

by New York Real Estate Lawyers Blog on 14. Dec, 2010 in Public Interest

Governor Paterson Signs Wage Theft Prevention Act Yesterday, Governor David A. Paterson signed into law S.8380/A.11726, the Wage Theft Prevention Act, which addresses the failure by employers to pay statutorily-mandated minimum wages and overtime by requiring annual notifications of wages, expanding notifications, enhancing available remedies for wage law violations and strengthening whistleblower protections. The Governor also announced that he has acted on ten additional bills.

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New York Cracks Down On Wage Theft

Source: Governor of New York Posted on: 14th December 2010Governor David A. Paterson has signed into law S.8380/A.11726, the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

The Wage Theft Prevention Act addresses the failure by employers to pay statutorily-mandated minimum wages and overtime by requiring annual notifications of wages, expanding notifications, enhancing available remedies for wage law violations and strengthening whistleblower protections.

The Governor also announced that he has acted on ten additional bills.

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