Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. said, “The vast majority of New York businesses comply with the state’s wage laws. For those that do not, it is important for workers that we enforce the law, and important for businesses that we level the playing field. I applaud the Department of Labor for its efforts to educate businesses and protect workers’ rights."
Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said, “We commend the Department of Labor for its efforts in 2014 to recover workers’ stolen wages. Low-wage workers who are struggling just to survive in New York should never have their wages stolen. The Department’s role in stepping up its enforcement goes a long way to help end this practice and to protect New York’s working women and men.”
Karen Cacace, Supervising Attorney for the Employment Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society, said, “Department of Labor investigators should be commended for working hard to reduce the backlog. Moving quickly in investigations is key to early resolution of wage theft claims. Employers need to know there will be swift consequences. The Department should use every tool available to enforce the labor laws to their fullest and ensure that exploitative employers are held fully accountable for their actions.”
Nicole Salk, Senior Staff Attorney at South Brooklyn Legal Services, said, “We are pleased to see that investigations and compliance conferences are occurring at a much faster pace, which has led to significant and measurable results for many workers who have been denied wages they have worked hard to earn. For many workers, the Department of Labor is the only place they can go to get justice when their wages are stolen. The work the Department does is not only important for workers but also for good employers who follow the law and are undercut by competitors who fail to pay their workers correctly.”
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