SAN FRANCISCO – December 5, 2011 – By February 1, 2012 employers will need every New York employee to sign a document to comply with the New York Wage Theft Protection Act (WTPA). DocuSign, the global standard for eSignature, will offer a complimentary webinar to help New York State private sector employers, schools and not-for-profit corporations prepare for the provisions of the New York Wage Theft Protection Act (WTPA).
Legal guests James Holahan, labor and employment attorney at Bond Shoeneck & King PLLC, and Ken Moyle, chief legal officer for DocuSign, will address the requirements of WTPA and their significant implications for New York employers.
The complimentary webinar, “Practical Approaches to Complying with the New York Wage Theft Protection Act,” will take place on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Pacific time. To register, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/444223817.
WTPA, which went into effect on April 9, 2011, provides more protection to workers and clarifies and expands the Department of Labor’s authority to enforce the Labor Law. By February 1, 2012 employers will need New York employees to sign a document to comply with the Act. The act imposes more stringent notice and record-keeping requirements on New York State employers and brings with it broader fines. Employers may now face civil liability of up to $2,500 per employee for small paperwork violations and up to $20,000 plus the possibility of criminal penalties for retaliatory activity.
Moyle and Holahan will discuss the paperwork and processes involved in becoming WTPA compliant, including:
• Notices required of employers
• What employee-signed documents employers need to preserve
• Practical approaches to stay in compliance and avoid fines
“The New York Wage Theft Protection Act requires the close attention of HR and legal professionals of companies with New York-based employees to ensure compliance and avoid fines,” said Ken Moyle, chief legal officer of DocuSign. “Employers can leverage the speed and ease of online delivery and electronic signatures to comply with the Act’s notice and record-keeping requirements. This webinar offers practical guidelines for preparing a roadmap for painless WTPA compliance.”
Holahan is a labor and employment attorney at Bond Shoeneck & King PLLC. He has represented and counseled employers ranging from Fortune 100 firms to small family businesses about employment matters and labor relations for over 25 years. A substantial portion of his practice involves defending employers against discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and other employment claims before the New York and federal courts, as well as various administrative agencies. Holahan holds a JD from the College of William and Mary School of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar Association and the Labor and Employment section of the New York Bar Association.
Moyle brings more than 20 years of experience to his role at DocuSign. He frequently advises government agencies, lawmakers and industry executives on electronic signatures and records. He holds a JD from the University of Washington, is a member of the Washington Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. Moyle represents DocuSign on the board of directors of the Washington, D.C.-based Electronic Signatures and Records Association (ESRA) and is ESRA’s incoming chairman.
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