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Wage theft in construction industry: illegal, but routine (Cont.)

The study further identifies the lack of effective enforcement by regulatory agencies, which are designed to monitor "regular" employers, who in the post-WWII work environment, more or less complied with wage and hour laws, and required little resources to regulate.

Wage theft in construction industry: illegal, but routine

A new study of wage theft in the construction industry in Massachusetts describes the practice as being at "epidemic levels." The construction industry has been at the center this growing problem. If it can reach epidemic levels in a labor-friendly state like Massachusetts, it is likely that it will continue to grow as a problem in other states like New York.

NY plumbing co. will pay $1.4 million in wage theft case

No employer likes to pay overtime. Many will simply prohibit their employees from working more than 40 hours in a week. And then they will subtly push the workers to finish the job anyway. Or they will simply ignore that work done beyond 40 hours is overtime, and instead pay those hours at regular straight-time rates.

Is on-call work unfair to workers?

Workers in the U.S. have faced many challenges over the last 30 years. Many jobs left this country as a huge number of manufacturing and garment industry jobs were shipped overseas to low-wage countries. This depleted many unions to the point of irrelevance, and as unions lost power, wages stagnated or fell.

A larger sum than all the robberies in the U.S.

Wage and hour issues are often hidden. Employees are placed in positions where they feel as though they must complete a job or a task, regardless of compensation. They may have tips shorted or be subjected misclassifications that deny them their pay for hours worked. And to follow the mainstream media, one would be led to believe that wage theft and wage and hour violations only occur with great rarity.

Minimum wage laws matter to every worker

It is more than a little ironic that the last remaining bastion of the American labor movement are professionals, often in government. From schoolteachers to hospital and office workers, the backbone of the union workforce increasingly not traditional blue-collar manufacturing or industrial jobs, but these professional positions. 

Ways employers use to avoid paying overtime

By law, New York employers are supposed to pay any employee, with some exceptions, overtime when they begin working more than 40 hours in any given week. However, according to a recent report, more employers are being sued by their employees because they were not paid for hours they worked overtime.

What is spread of hours pay?

In addition to other wage and hour protections, people in New York's service industry additionally enjoy the protection of the state's spread of hours law. The law is designed to provide payment to those whose shifts are spread over a certain number of hours, whether the hours worked are performed in one straight shift or divided between two in a split-shift situation.

Paid sick leave in New York

In New York, the city and state have different laws regarding paid sick leave. There is no legislative mandate in the state at large to provide any sort of leave, paid or unpaid, for workers who are ill. However, businesses operating in the five boroughs of the city have a legal obligation to give time off to any of their employees who need it for any major ailment or physical condition. This would include leave while the worker was assisting in health-related issues for their family members.

May employers deduct money from wages?

Under New York law, employers are not allowed to deduct money from wages unless a governmental agency or the employee authorizes the deduction. If the employee authorizes the deduction, the authorization must be given voluntarily and in writing while the employee is in full knowledge of all of the terms and conditions of the deduction.

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