On December 29 Governor Cuomo signed a bill amending the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act ("WTPA”). Most significantly, it removes the requirement that employers provide all employees with an annual wage notice by February 1 of each calendar year. Employers must still provide the notices to new hires. Other amendments concern increased penalties for failure to provide a wage notice within 10 days of a new employee’s hire and failing to provide detailed statements with each wage payment reflecting all other information required by the WTPA and the Labor Law itself (such as hours worked, overtime rate and overtime pay).
The takeaway from this amendment is that while an employer’s burden is eased somewhat, failure to maintain vigilance regarding proper pay practices now comes with greater financial risk.