Last year, effective for 2012, New York State enacted the “Wage Theft Protection Act”, amending wage notice requirements and establishing penalties for failing to comply with the new rules. The Act expands on ways workers must be notified of wages through wage statements while creating additional protections for workers against retaliation for expressing concerns about working conditions.
Wage Notice Requirements
Starting with 2012, the Act requires that employees must be given a pay notice between January 1 and February 1 of each year or at any time a worker’s wages change. If an employee is hired after February 1, he or she must still be given notice upon hire as well as the annual notice with other employees.
Notices must provide the following information: An employee’s wage, including the rate of wage including the hour, shift, day, week, salary and frequency of payment. Additionally, the notice must include allowances and whether or not allowances are included in pay, for example tips, meals and other accommodations. Lastly, the employer’s name, address, telephone number and other reasonably appropriate information must be included in notices.