New York Raises the "Wage & Hour" Stakes for Employers: Are You Prepared for the Wage Theft Prevention Act?

February 14, 2011

BS&K's Statewide Labor and Employment Law, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and Immigration Law Practice is pleased to continue its on-going program of providing Senior Executives, General Counsel and HR Professionals with timely insight and information concerning the ever-shifting landscape in the employment environment. The following topics will offer a thorough review of major areas that concern and currently affect the workplace.

HRCI Recertification Credit
This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute.

Please note time difference between Downstate and Upstate locations.

Garden City / New York City

Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9 a.m.
9 - 10:30 a.m.

All Other Cities

Registration and Continental Breakfast
8 - 8:30 a.m.
8:30 - 10 a.m.

Program Description
The Breakfast Briefing will explain the Wage Theft Prevention Act, which has an effective date of April 12, 2011, and its implications for New York employers. Among others, the Briefing will cover the following topics:

  • New dual-language notice requirements -- required at the time of hire and annually thereafter -- concerning employee wages and related information
  • New content requirements for employee "pay stubs"
  • New record-keeping requirements
  • New employer liability and enhanced penalties for "wage and hour" violations, including 100% liquidated damages (i.e. double damages for violations)
  • New employer liability and penalties for retaliation against employees
  • New powers granted to the New York State Department of Labor
  • Practical strategies for achieving compliance

The last amendments to the notice provisions of the Labor Law were accompanied by last minute guidance from DOL presenting both timing and content-based obstacles to compliance. Don't miss this Briefing and the opportunity to get in front of this extensive and potentially burdensome set of new requirements.