Wage Theft Prevention Act Reform Bill Passes

Posted January 1, 2015

On December 29th, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Wage Theft Prevention Act reform bill, the text of which can be accessed by clicking here.

The Chemung County Chamber of Commerce's Public Affairs Council has long-supported and encouraged reform legislation, citing the act as unnecessary and bothersome, imposing additional and redundant paperwork on employees.

In a press release from The Business Council of New York State, Inc., Ken Pokalsky, Vice President of The Business Council, stated, "All private sector employees in New York will get welcome relief under the 'wage theft' reform bill signed yesterday by Governor Cuomo. Our members saw this as a costly and unnecessary compliance burden that provided no real benefit to workers, and fixing it has been one of our legislative priorities."

The Business Council noted that "this bill - S.5885-B (Savino)/A.8106-C (Heastie) - repeals a mandate that employers, each January, provide all of their in-state employees with a written notice that includes company, wage rate and other information, and obtain from each employee their signature certifying receipt of the notice. This annual notice largely replicates information that is also required to be on each and every pay stub issued during the prior year."

Legislation to reform the act was approved by strong, bipartisan majorities in both the NYS Senate and Assembly.

 

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