Over the last two decades, the Federal Judicial Center reports the number of wage-and-hour lawsuits filed nationally has spiked by 430 percent. In New York, the number is expected to climb even higher in response to a bill passed by the New York legislature in June 2014.
The measure, A08106C/S05885-B, was drafted for the purpose of bolstering the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act, as well as other provisions of the state's labor law. The action does ease some requirements for employers, but it imposes heftier penalties for violations - particularly for repeat offenders - and allows for successor employer liability, something that didn't before exist.
Because wage and hour theft law in New York has become increasingly complex, and the penalties for breaking the law ever more severe, it's important that business leaders take the time to become educated about their obligations and potential consequences for violations.