We reported on the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act in our special January 21, 2011 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority and noted that the law went into effect on April 12, 2011. The New York Department of Labor has since clarified that the actual effective date for the Act is Saturday, April 9, 2011. The confusion evidently arose from the fact that Governor David Paterson first signed the bill on December 10, 2010, three days before he signed the bill again in a public ceremony on December 13, 2010.

As a consequence of the April 9, 2011 effective date, employers with a weekly pay period running from Sunday to Saturday likely will need to prepare for the changes one week earlier than originally believed.