Wage Theft Now Constitutes Larceny in New York

New York Senate Bill 2832, effective immediately, amends the state’s penal law to add wage theft to the definition of “larceny” in the state. The law explains that a person obtains property by wage theft when he or she hires a person to perform services and the person performs such services and the person does not pay wages, at the minimum wage rate and overtime, or promised wage, if greater than the minimum wage rate and overtime, to said person for work performed. The law makes it permissible to aggregate all nonpayments or underpayments to one person from one person into one larceny count, even if the nonpayments or underpayments occurred in multiple counties.

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