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Wage Protection

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) helps collect wages owed to citizen and non-citizen workers who have not received the minimum wage. Once a claim is filed, the NYSDOL investigates and endeavors to collect on claims for:

  • Unpaid wages
  • Withheld wages
  • Illegal deductions

The NYSDOL also enforces the rules that forbid employers from:

  • Taking illegal kickbacks from wages
  • Appropriating tips

Visit the NYSDOL Labor Standards web site to learn about your rights as a worker in the State.

As of April 9, 2011, a change in the New York State Labor Law gives even more protection to employees who complain to their employer about violations or who report violations to the Department of Labor:

New York's current minimum wage of $8.00 an hour is below that of 19 other states and prior adjustments have not kept up with increases in the cost of living.

Governor Cuomo has raised the minimum wage to $8.00 an hour.