Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie Reports to the People

Assemblyman Heastie Authors
Landmark Law to Prevent Wage Theft

On December 13th, Governor David Paterson signed into law Assemblyman Heastie’s Wage Theft Prevention Act (A.11726).This legislation protects workers from wage and hour abuses by their employers. This new law will increase penalties for wage underpayments and for the failure of an employer to notify his or her employees of their wage rates and other rights. In addition, this law will provide anti-retaliatory protections to workers and increased enforcement tools for the Department of Labor. Wage theft is becoming increasingly rampant, harming low-wage families and communities, as well as undermining the employers that actually follow the law. In New York City alone, analysts estimate that wage theft results in nearly $1 billion stolen from low-wage workers every single year.

“The Wage Theft Prevention Act is a comprehensive approach to tackling the crime of wage theft. I am very proud of what we have accomplished with this legislation,” stated Assemblyman Heastie.

“This law will make unscrupulous employers think twice before they steal workers wages.”
Carl Heastie
The Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) tackles wage theft from three key angles:

Changes the economic calculation offending employers make:

Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie
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