We invite you to join us as we examine two legal developments that will significantly impact New York employers in the year ahead—the newly enacted Wage Theft Prevention Act and the increased enforcement by both the state and federal government on the issue of misclassification of independent contractors.
New York enacted the Wage Theft Prevention Act in December 2010, making several important changes to the wage payment provisions of the New York Labor Law that will affect virtually every employer in New York State. The passage of this bill highlights the state’s increased focus on enforcement of the Labor Law. The New York State Department of Labor has stepped up its investigation of employers, and plaintiffs’ attorneys continue to bombard employers with class and collective action lawsuits alleging wage payment violations. Employers must be prepared when these new changes take effect on April 9, 2011.
While the classification of independent contractors has been an issue for several years, it is taking on even more importance as federal and state governments increasingly seek to hold employers responsible for the misclassification of employees. Proposed changes in federal law, newly appointed state task forces, increased funding, and IRS auditing all demonstrate this increased enforcement focus and the potential for serious financial repercussions for employers statewide. Find out what you can do to safeguard against misclassifying contractors.
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