14/06/2021 New York state legislature passes construction wage theft bill | Construction Dive BRIEF New York state legislature passes construction wage theft bill Published June 8, 2021 Zachary Phillips Associate Editor Dive Brief: The New York State Senate and State Assembly passed legislation Wednesday that could shift liability to general contractors for wage theft cases on private construction projects. In a usual wage theft case, a worker files suit against whomever directly employs them, such as a subcontractor, to recover unpaid wages. With this bill, sponsored by state Sen. Jessica Ramos, general contractors are directly liable, as a way to incentivize them to police their subcontractors' wage practices, as well as their own. The bill will be delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk for him to either sign into law or veto. It would make New York the sixth state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to adopt this type of protective wage theft for construction workers. Dive Insight: Under the legislation, the contractor — defined as the construction manager, general/prime contractor or joint venture which entered into contract with the owner — will be liable for unpaid wages owed to a worker by any subcontractor on any level of the project. However, subcontractors would not be liable for unpaid workers https://www.constructiondive.com/news/new-york-state-legislature-passes-construction-wage-theft-bill/601450/?fbclid=IwAR1TwaxvIbn6qO-nuuM… 1/3

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