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Schneiderman issues statement on Labor Dept. program offering amnesty to labor law violators


New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Labor's Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) Program, a pilot program that starting this week allows certain employers who violate labor laws to avoid prosecution and penalties and requires workers participating in the program to waive their right to bring lawsuits to vindicate their rights under labor laws:

"The Trump Labor Department's 'PAID Program' is nothing more than a Get Out of Jail Free card for predatory employers.

Employers have a responsibility under state and federal laws to pay back stolen wages, as well as damages intended to deter them from breaking the law again. The PAID Program allows employers to avoid any consequences for committing wage theft, while blocking lawsuits intended to vindicate employees' rights.

I want to send a clear message to employers doing business in New York: my office will continue to prosecute labor violations to the fullest extent of the law, regardless of whether employers choose to participate in the PAID Program.

All workers deserve a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. We won't hesitate to do what's necessary to protect workers and deter wage theft."

Since taking office in 2011, Attorney General Schneiderman's Labor Bureau has won back over $30 million in stolen wages and additional damages for over 21,000 workers across New York. 

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