State Legislature OKs Savino-sponsored wage-protection bill
Published: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:52 AM Updated: Thursday, December 02, 2010, 7:59 AM
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.
Pointing to estimates from the National Employment Law Project, Ms. Savino said that more than $1 billion is "stolen" annually from city workers by "unscrupulous" employers.