Ending Wage Theft
March 12th, 2010

Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblyman Carl Heastie stood with advocates today to announce their support for legislation that would reform labor laws t0 punish businesses that illegally shirk overtime and minimum wage requirements.

A report by the National Employment Law Project found that $18.4 million in wages a week is stolen from workers in New York City alone. They estimate more than $1 billion is stolen from them in a year.

“This money that would otherwise be spent on food, rent and school supplies,” said Anna Maria Archila, co-executive director of Make the Road New York, “This bill will turn around the perverse economic incentives that currently encourage wage theft, undermine responsible businesses, and steal from our tax base.”

“The Wage Theft Prevention Act is a comprehensive bill to change the perverse incentive by increasing penalties, increasing protection for workers who speak up, and adding tools that the Department of Labor and Courts can use to investigate cases and actually collect the money that workers are owed,”said Heastie in a statement.

The bill,S.7050, has been refereed to the Senate Labor Committee.

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