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.