New York's Wage Law Gives Workers More Ammo

Law360, New York (April 21, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT) -- The recently enacted New York Wage Theft Prevention Act is likely to spur wage-and-hour litigation by giving workers a road map for challenging pay practices and raising potential damages, attorneys say.

The WTPA, which took effect on April 9, stiffens criminal and civil penalties for violations of the New York Labor Law, imposes additional notice requirements on employers and allows plaintiffs' attorneys to recover fees, giving workers more ammunition and incentive to complain to the state labor agency or take their employer to court.

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