by James R. Hays and Jonathan Sokolowski
As we have previously written on this blog, New York's
Wage Theft Prevention Act ("WTPA") requires employers to provide annual pay
notices to employees between January 1 and February 1. Accordingly, all New
York employers must provide the required notices starting January 1, 2012.
As previously noted, the notices must be
provided to employees in English, as well as in their primary language.
Currently, the New York State Department of Labor ("NYSDOL") has published model pay notices in English, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean,
Polish, Russian, and Spanish.
Employers who fail to provide the required pay notices to employees may be
liable for damages of up to $50 per week, per employee.
For further information on the notice requirements of the WTPA, please see our previous blog entry which contains links to guidelines,
instructions, FAQs and model notices issued by the NYSDOL. Additionally, our
blog entry titled "New York Enacts the Wage Theft Prevention Act" discusses
the most significant provisions of the WTPA.
Mr. Hays is a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the
firm's New York office and co-chairs the firm's Traditional Labor Law Team.
Jonathan Sokolowski is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group
in the firm's New York office. Please email the authors at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
with questions about this article.