New York Employers Take Note: NY Annual Pay Notice Repealed

New York Employers Take Note: NY Annual Pay Notice Repealed

New York: Annual Pay Notice Repealed

NY State Labor StandardsOn December 29, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed a bill eliminating the requirement that before February 1 of each year, employers notify and receive written acknowledgement from every worker about their rate of pay, allowances, pay day, etc. According to the signing statement, legislative leaders and the Governor have agreed to a chapter amendment to make this change effective immediately. Accordingly, given the pending enactment of this chapter amendment, the New York Department of Labor will NOT require annual statements in 2015. (emphasis added)

Please note, businesses are still required to notify employees as required at the time of hire.

The law requires employers to give written notice of wage rates to each new hire. The notice must include:

•Rate or rates of pay, including overtime rate of pay (if it applies)
•How the employee is paid: by the hour, shift, day, week, commission, etc.
•Regular payday
•Official name of the employer and any other names used for business (DBA)
•Address and phone number of the employer’s main office or principal location
•Allowances taken as part of the minimum wage (tips, meal and lodging deductions)

The notice must be given both in English and in the employee’s primary language (if the Labor Department offers a translation). The Department currently offers translations in the following languages: Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish and Russian.

Source: NYDOL Notice of Pay Rate Home Page, HERE

NY Sample Pay Notices, Employment Laws, Labor Standards

The employer may provide its own notice, as long as it includes all of the required information, or use the Department’s sample notices. See NY Employment Law and Labor Standard Forms below:


NY Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) Fact Sheet, FAQs and More Information


The WTPA also included other provisions that employers need to know, such as stronger protections for whistleblowers and increased penalties for wage theft.



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