Albany OKs Stronger Labor Law for Workers
New York's beleaguered
actors waiters can celebrate today: Governor Paterson just signed into law new penalties for employers who bilk their workers out of fair wages and overtime pay. The law, which takes effect in April, hopes to curtail some of the problems that are "rampant" in service industry jobs -- including "restaurants, retail, and construction businesses where illegal immigrants make up much of the work force," the New York Times says.
The Times also cites a study by the National Employment Law Project, which estimates that in New York City, lost or stolen wages can add up to more than $18.4 million a week.