On December 13, 2010, New York State Governor David A. Paterson signed the Wage Theft Prevention Act (“WTPA”) into law. The WTPA is intended to help protect employees working in New York against violations of their wage and hour law rights.
The WTPA requires employers to provide information to employees about how they are being paid. For example, employers must notify employees, in writing, of:
- Their rate and basis for their pay, such as whether they are paid by the hour, shift, day, week, salary, piece, commission, or otherwise;
- Any allowances the employer claims as part of the employee’s minimum wage, such as tip, meal, or lodging allowances; and
- Their overtime rate, number of regular hours worked, and number of overtime hours worked for employees who are not exempt from overtime.