A construction company based out of Bay Shore has been accused of violating New York labor laws due to misclassifying employees and underpaying them for their work. This allegation came from the Nassau County District Attorney’s office, who has brought a lawsuit against the company for its violations. The suit highlights how workers can be exploited when their employers are not honest or careful about how their employees are classified.
On September 6, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a law that will make wage theft a crime under New York State law. Employers who intentionally deprive their employees of their hard-earned wages may now face a felony charge of criminal larceny. This is meant to curb the disturbing trend of wage theft, which has only become a greater problem over time.
Wage theft is one of the most serious financial issues facing workers across America today, and can cost victims thousands of dollars per year. In New York alone, it is estimated that wage theft costs workers approximately $3 billion per year in lost income. But what exactly is wage theft, and how can you protect yourself against it?
“Wage theft” is the term used to describe any practice where an employer refuses to pay their employee the money they are legally owed. This set of practices is shockingly common, costing workers billions of dollars every year due to lost wages and other costs. Watch for these seven signs to see if your employer might be stealing from you or your fellow employees:
The term “wage theft” is used to refer to any instance where an employer fails to give employees the wages they are owed. This hidden scourge is estimated to cost New Yorkers $3.2 billion every single year, with many of the victims being workers who make minimum wage, or close to minimum wage. Here are five of the most common forms of wage theft that employers commit against their employees:
The term “wage theft” is used to describe when an employer fails to pay their workers wages they are legally owed. This shockingly common phenomenon costs workers billions of dollars every year, with employers often using leverage over employees to get away with this illegal conduct. Here are five common ways employers commit wage theft against their employees: Continue reading “Five Common Types of Wage Theft”
On January 25, 2018, New York State Attorney General Eric Scheiderman announced he filed a lawsuit against Tropical Breeze Car Wash in Brooklyn, alleging its managers cheated its employees out of more than $540,000 in wages and deliberately filed false information to the state regarding the number of employees and payroll to avoid paying unemployment insurance. The lawsuit names the owner/manager and managers as defendants.
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A September 1, 2014 report by the New York Times, revealed an increase in lawsuits across the nation, charging various employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws. Some of the allegations include erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees’ tips.
Both federal and state officials argue that more companies are violating wage laws than ever before. Officials speculate that these violations are motivated by competition and higher profits. However, another argument supposes that the structure of these businesses essentially incentivizes wage theft due to their organizational structure.
New York’s annual wage notice requirement has been discarded, however other employee protections are in the process of being strengthened
Beginning in 2015, New York employers will no longer be required to provide annual wage notices to existing employees. The annual Wage Notice duty was imposed on employers as part of the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA or Act), passed in 2010 to remedy supposed abuses of the state’s wage payment laws.
In particular, the WTPA required that all NYS employers provide written notice to existing employees detailing certain wage-related information between the time frame of January 1 and February 1 of each year.