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Reminder: The First New York Wage Theft Prevention Act Annual Notices Are Due By February 1, 2012

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. 

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James Hays, Legal Specialist, management of labor and employment law

 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.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Hays' practice focuses on management labor and employment law. He represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, and all stages of the labor election process, including election campaigns and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board. He also represents clients in employment litigation in federal and state courts, as well as...

Jonathan Sokolowski, Labor and Employment Legal Specialist, Sheppard Mullin

Jonathan Sokolowski is an associate in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in the firm's New York office.

Areas of Practice

Mr. Sokolowski's practice focuses on Labor and Employment matters, including client counseling and litigation. In particular, he has experience defending employers against single plaintiff and class action wage/hour and discrimination claims, drafting employment, severance, non-compete, and non-solicitation agreements, as well as drafting employee handbooks in compliance with state and federal law. Mr. Sokolowski also conducts discrimination and harassment prevention trainings as well as investigations into harassment allegations and other employment matters.