New York Passes Wage Theft Prevention Act
by TexasGOPVote on December 16, 2010 at 1:15 PM
New York recently passed the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA). ConstructionCitizen explains that before this law was passed employers caught breaking the laws were only required to pay 25% of back wages. Since the penalty was low, employers would take the chance of hiring illegal workers in order to pay sub-minimum wages, not paying taxes, as well as violating other wage theft laws. However, with the new Wage Theft prevention Act, employers violating the laws must pay all wages owed plus a penalty matching the owed-wage amount.