On December 29, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed
a bill eliminating the requirement that before February 1 of each year,
employers notify and receive written acknowledgement from every worker about
their rate of pay, allowances, pay day, etc. According to the signing statement, legislative leaders and the Governor
have agreed to a chapter amendment to make this change effective immediately.
Accordingly, given the pending enactment of this chapter amendment, the
Department of Labor will not require annual statements in 2015.
NFIB/NY was the
only business organization opposed to the original bill citing numerous
concerns that the Wage Theft Reform deal would create more problems than those
that it solved. NFIB/NY’s concerns have been lifted with the chapter amendment
Please note, businesses are still required to notify employees as required at the time of hire.
More information about the Wage Theft Prevention Act and sample notices are available here.