As many of us know, The Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) took effect in New York State on April 9, 2011.  The current law requires employers to provide written notice of wage rates to each new hire and requires organizations to provide notice when rates change (demotion, annual increase, COLA’s, career progression, etc.).  On December 29, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed a bill eliminating the requirement that before February 1 of each year, employers must notify and receive written acknowledgement from every worker about their rate of pay.  Just to clarify, we do not have to do this.  The required notices (new hire, wage movement) should be part of our new hire orientation process and potentially the annual review process, to ensure we are providing legal and accurate information to the workforce.

The 7 notices in New York State:

  1. “Rate or rates of pay, including overtime rate of pay (if it applies)
  2. How the employee is paid: by the hour, shift, day, week, commission, etc.
  3. Regular payday
  4. Official name of the employer and any other names used for business (DBA)
  5. Address and phone number of the employer’s main office or principal location
  6. Allowances taken as part of the minimum wage (tips, meal and lodging deductions)”[i]
  7. Under the New York Wage Theft Protection Act, employers are also required to maintain 6 years of acknowledgements confirming receipt of notification of wages and other information required to be provided by employers under the law.
  8. Bonus Information: Organizations may provide their own notice, as long as it includes all of the required information. (Offer letter or wage change letter) Must include signatures.

Wage Prevention Fact Sheet

Wage Prevention Frequently Asked Questions

Notice of Pay for Hourly Employees

Notice for Exempt Employees

Notice for Employees Paid a Weekly Rate or a Salary for a Fix Number of Hours (40 of Fewer in a Week)

The forms are posted online for employers to use as part of the new hire and change(s) in rate process.  However, if the offer letters and change forms check the boxes of the required information by the state, employers do not need to use the forms recommended by the state.  We must get a signature on any of the forms used during either process, offer letter or salary increase letter.  A copy should be provided to the employee and one for the employer’s records.  Also, remember, these forms do change, the most recent form was updated in January of 2017.  Monitoring for updates to ensure we are using accurate forms is necessary.  During my audits, this has been a form that was not always used or not updated as the state changed the form.  It is recommended to audit your records in relation to this form and any other forms required by the local, state or federal government, annually or semiannually.  If you are confused, seek guidance, to ensure your organization is providing timely, accurate and legal forms/information to the workforce.

Wage Theft Forms need to be corrected as soon as possible.  There was no record of wage theft forms.

Wage Theft Notification forms.  This needs to be corrected as soon as possible.  Below is additional information and forms, all employees need to be corrected.

The employer may provide its own notice, as long as it includes all of the required information, or use the Department’s sample notices. 

More Information
The WTPA also included other provisions that employers need to know, such as stronger protections for whistleblowers and increased penalties for wage theft.

Employers are strongly encouraged to review the Wage Theft Prevention Act Fact Sheet, and the Wage Theft Prevention Act Frequently Asked Questions.
 
Hourly Rate Employees
Notice and Acknowledgement of Pay Rate and Payday Under Section 195.1 of the New York State Labor Law Notice for Hourly Rate Employees LS 54 is a blank work agreement that contains all of the fields that employers must include to notify each employee in writing of conditions of employment at time of commitment to hire. This agreement must be completed to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

It should be given to the employee in his or her primary language if that language is available. If the employee’s primary language is not available above, then the form should be given to the employee in English.

Multiple Hourly Rate Employees
Notice and Acknowledgement of Pay Rate and Payday Under Section 195.1 of the New York State Labor Law Notice for Multiple Hourly Rate Employees LS 55 is a blank work agreement that contains all of the fields that employers must include to notify each employee in writing of conditions of employment at time of commitment to hire. This agreement must be completed to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

It should be given to the employee in his or her primary language if that language is available. If the employee’s primary language is not available above, then the form should be given to the employee in English.
 
Employees Paid a Weekly Rate or a Salary for a Fixed Number of Hours (40 or Fewer in a Week)

Notice and Acknowledgement of Pay Rate and Payday Under Section 195.1 of the New York State Labor Law Notice for Employees Paid a Weekly Rate or a Salary for a Fixed Number of Hours (40 or Fewer in a Week) LS 56 is a blank work agreement that contains all of the fields that employers must include to notify each employee in writing of conditions of employment at time of commitment to hire. This agreement must be completed to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

It should be given to the employee in his or her primary language if that language is available. If the employee’s primary language is not available above, then the form should be given to the employee in English.

Employees Paid Salary for Varying Hours, Day Rate, Piece Rate, Flat Rate or Other Non-Hourly Pay
Notice and Acknowledgement of Pay Rate and Payday Under Section 195.1 of the New York State Labor Law Notice for Employees Paid Salary for Varying Hours, Day Rate, Piece Rate, Flat Rate or Other Non-Hourly Pay LS 57 is a blank work agreement that contains all of the fields that employers must include to notify each employee in writing of conditions of employment at time of commitment to hire. This agreement must be completed to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

It should be given to the employee in his or her primary language if that language is available. If the employee’s primary language is not available above, then the form should be given to the employee in English.

Prevailing Rate and Other Jobs
Notice and Acknowledgement of Pay Rate and Payday Under Section 195.1 of the New York State Labor Law Notice for Prevailing Rate and Other Jobs LS 58 is a blank work agreement that contains all of the fields that employers must include to notify each employee in writing of conditions of employment at time of commitment to hire. This agreement must be completed to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

It should be given to the employee in his or her primary language if that language is available. If the employee’s primary language is not available above, then the form should be given to the employee in English.

Exempt Employees
Notice and Acknowledgement of Pay Rate and Payday Under Section 195.1 of the New York State Labor Law Notice for Exempt Employees LS 59 is a blank work agreement that contains all of the fields that employers must include to notify each employee in writing of conditions of employment at time of commitment to hire. This agreement must be completed to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

Notice and Acknowledgement of Pay Rate and Payday Under Section 195.1 of the New York State Labor Law for Home Care Aides Wage Parity and Other Jobs (LS62-English)
 
Pay Notice and Acknowledgement for Farm Workers
New York State Department of Labor Form LS 309 is a blank farm work agreement that contains all of the fields that employers must include to notify each employee in writing of conditions of employment at time of commitment to hire. This agreement must be completed to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act.
 It should be given to the employee in his or her primary language if that language is available. If the employee’s primary language is not available above, then the form should be given to the employee in English.

Wage Statements for Agricultural Employers
New York State Department of Labor Form AL 447 is a blank wage statement. It contains all of the fields that employers of year-round or seasonal workers must provide to document each pay period to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

New York State Department of Labor Form AL 446 is a sample of a completed wage statement for agricultural workers.

Additional Information
Visit the Division of Labor Standards for additional information about New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act and what is required of employers and workers.


[i] https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/employer/wage-theft-prevention-act.shtm

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