New "Wage Theft Prevention Act" Toughens Penalties for Employers

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The new “Wage Theft Prevention Act” provides a major overhaul to the New York Labor Law by toughening penalties for employers that breach the Labor Law, and by expanding anti-retaliation protections for employees. The changes will take effect in April, 2011, and will likely increase the amount of employment litigation from plaintiff’s lawyers.

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