It allows prosecutors to seek stronger criminal penalties against employers who steal wages from workers
“My administration is committed to making our state the most worker-friendly state in the nation", says New York Governor Kathy Hochul, upon signing legislation, at the NYC Central Labor Council 2023 Labor Day Parade breakfast reception. Photo: Don Pollard/Office of Governor Hochul
On September 6, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of legislation that includes legislation (S2832-A/A154-A) which makes wage theft a form of larceny and allows prosecutors to seek stronger criminal penalties against employers who steal wages from workers.
The Governor also signed legislation (S1161-A/A2034-A) which increases the minimum benefits for workers' compensation for injured workers who cannot work, and legislation (S4982/A6604) which prohibits employers from disciplining employees that opt not to participate in meetings about the employer’s political or religious views.
“This legislation will help to ensure that all New Yorkers receive the benefits and protections that allow them to work with dignity,” Governor Hochul said. “My administration is committed to making our state the most worker-friendly state in the nation, and I thank the bill sponsors for their partnership in our mission to establish the strongest and most robust protections right here in New York.”