Important Amendments To New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act
The New York Legislature State has approved following key amendments to the New York Wage Theft Protection Act (“WTPA”), which the Governor is expected to sign:
- Employers will no longer be required to provide an annual wage notice to all employees in January.
- However, notices must still be provided to newly hired employees, and the maximum penalties for failing to provide timely notice to new hires are increased from $2,500 to $5,000 per employee not notified.
- Employers found to be in violation of the WTPA more than once in a six-year period also may face a civil penalty of $1,000 to $20,000, as well as liquidated damage awards of up to $20,000 (increased from $10,000) payable to aggrieved employees, and injunctive relief against future violations.