Governor Paterson Signs Wage Theft Prevention Act

Diane J. Savino

December 23, 2010

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.

"At a time when so many New Yorkers are living paycheck to paycheck, it is vital that we protect the right to receive their hard-earned pay and afford them every protection against wage theft," Governor Paterson said. "I am proud to sign this legislation, which will combat misconduct by unscrupulous employers who fail to pay statutorily-mandated minimum wages and overtime. I commend the bill's sponsors, Senator Diane Savino and Assemblyman Carl Heastie, for their efforts in securing passage of this bill."

The bill would enact a wide-ranging series of measures to provide information to workers on the wages they are owed, and to heighten sanctions on those who fail to pay their workers the compensation to which they are entitled.

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