What is the SWEAT Bill?

Working with the SWEAT coalition, in June 2013, Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal introduced the SWEAT bill that will greatly improve workers’ ability to secure stolen wages. Then, Senator Peralta introduced the bill into the senate. Today the bill number is A766/S2762.

The bill has three main components:

1. Expand New York’s mechanics’ lien law to include all workers – Establishes a “wage lien” so that workers can put a hold on employers’ property until their owed wages are paid. The measure would also create an alternative right of action by the DOL or NYS Attorney General to file a wage lien on behalf of claimants who they have determined are owed wages.

2. Hold employers’ assets before they run away – Allows workers to “attach” or hold an employer’s property prior to the resolution of a case that claims unpaid wages.

3. Hold the largest shareholders personally liable for wage theft – Makes it easier for workers of non- publicly traded companies to hold the employers with the largest share of ownership personally liable for wage theft.

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