New Employee Notifications for New York

Posted on February 19, 2019 in Employee Issues

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My colleague, Deborah Shapiro, Esq., reminded me of a recent change to New York State employment law.

In short, beginning October 26, 2009, New York employers must inform newly hired employees in writing, at the time of hiring, of their pay rate, regular payday and, if eligible for overtime, regular hourly rate and overtime rate.  In addition, the employer must obtain a written acknowledgement from employees that they received this notice.

The requirement to inform employees about pay rates and paydays is not new.  But the requirement to provide this information in writing and obtain an acknowledgement is.

This is not an issue that necessarily gets front-page coverage, so how do you find out information like this?  Will you become your own full-time researcher?  (Answer: Unless you want your business to fold, it’s probably not a good idea).  Employment laws change regularly–with the stimulus package and the federal government’s attempts to assist the U.S. work force, perhaps even more so.  A good way to stay on top of all this vital information (which can ensnare you in its net SO easily) is to hire someone who knows it and handles it on a daily basis.  In other words, an employment attorney.  You can learn more about how to choose the right one for your business with my program, How to Choose and Use Attorneys, available through

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