Published: December 01, 2010 12:50 PM
Modified: 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.
“These rogue employers not only steal wages from hard-working families…but also steal much-needed funds from our city and state coffers,” said state Sen. Diane Savino, D-Staten Island, who sponsored the bill in the Senate.