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The New York Wage Theft Prevention Act: What's Old, New, and How To Comply

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Produced on July 14, 2015

$ 89 Labor & Employment and Employment In Stock

Course Information

Time 51 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This seminar provides an in-depth review of the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act (“WTPA”) and what New York employers need to know to ensure compliance. 


Employment law experts Greg Reilly and Adam Guttell from the firm of Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP walk through the WTPA’s legal obligations, penalties, and those issues that remain undecided. They also review the manner in which this law affects New York employers as a practical matter in both the workplace and the courtroom.  


In addition, the program examines the impact of recent changes to the WTPA’s notice requirements, as well as increased penalties associated with non-compliance, successor liability, and personal liability for individual business owners.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Summarize the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act (“WTPA”)

II.    Understand the history and goals of the WTPA

III.   Identify what employers are subject to the WTPA and how certain employers are affected differently

IV.   Explore recent changes to the WTPA

V.    Detail specifics so that employers can maintain compliance with the WTPA



Gregory B. Reilly

Martin Clearwater & Bell

Mr. Reilly is an experienced litigator and counselor with over 20 years of experience practicing employment and labor law. As Partner and Head of MCB’s Employment & Labor Practice Group, Mr. Reilly will continue his representation of employers, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including health care, hospitality, retail and staffing.


Mr. Reilly has extensive experience in all aspects of employment and labor law including: wage and hour laws, wrongful termination, non-compete and non-solicitation litigation, class and collective action lawsuits, and litigation involving discrimination and workplace harassment, among other employment issues. Mr. Reilly represents employers in federal and state courts as well as before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


Mr. Reilly also counsels clients respecting proactive, practical strategies for legal compliance for the entire spectrum of the employment relationship from initial recruitment and hire to separations from employment.


Mr. Reilly earned his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 1985, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1988. Prior to joining Martin Clearwater & Bell LLP, Mr. Reilly was a Shareholder at Littler Mendelson, P.C. for nearly a decade.


He is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st and 2nd Circuits, and the Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is also admitted to practice before the New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts U.S. District Courts.


Mr. Reilly is an accomplished author and his articles have appeared in publications of the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association and in the New York Law Journal. He is a featured speaker at seminars sponsored by organizations such as the Greater New York American Corporate Counsel Association and the New York State Bar Association.


Mr. Reilly received an AV Preeminent Rating™ from Martindale Hubbell.* He has been listed as a "Legal Elite in Class Actions" by Avenue Magazine.



Harvard Law, J.D., 1988

Cornell University, B.S. Industrial and Labor Relations, 1985



New York

New Jersey



U.S. Court of Appeals 1st and 2nd Circuits

Western, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

New Jersey District Courts

Connecticut District Courts

Massachusetts District Courts

Adam G. Guttell

Martin Clearwater & Bell

Mr. Guttell has extensive experience advising employers of all sizes in industries as diverse as healthcare, finance, manufacturing, transportation, and hospitality. As a Partner in MCB’s Employment and Labor Practice Group, Mr. Guttell represents clients in federal and state court proceedings, as well as private mediations, arbitration, and administrative hearings. In addition to representing clients in employment related issues ranging from discrimination and harassment to violations of all state and federal fair employment laws, Mr. Guttell actively litigates restrictive covenant matters, including breaches of non-competition, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements. He routinely counsels clients on drafting and enforcement of all manner of agreements related to employment. Mr. Guttell counsels clients on compliance with various state and federal laws affecting the workplace, including Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Fair Labor Standards Act and New York State and City Human Rights laws. 


Mr. Guttell is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of New Jersey. He is a frequent speaker before business, legal and human resource professionals, lecturing on topics including restrictive covenants and employment agreements, state and federal anti-discrimination laws, state and federal wage and hour laws, and recent developments in employment law.


Mr. Guttell received his B.A. with High Honors in History, from Brandeis University and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where he was the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Honor Society.


Mr. Guttell has co-authored articles appearing in publications of the New York Law Journal, MD News, and The Risk Management Quarterly.



St. John's University School of Law, J.D.

Brandeis University, B.A., with honors



New York

New Jersey

Eastern and Southern Districts of New York


Edward K.

Excellent! Clear and informative!!! Thank you!

Stuart I. J.

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Joanne A.

Helpful concrete information

Wilber A.

Good lively discussion.

Henry S. S.

Very interesting and informative.

James A.

very useful


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Agnes M.

Messrs. Reilly and Guttell did a great job - very interesting subject.

Howard G.

The two attorneys made a potentially boring subject interesting.

Andre O.

Keep up the good work.

Gil M.

Smart attorneys with an interesting topic.

Trisha L.

Good class

Silvia C.

Very informative.

Matthew D.

very informative


Very good

Kristina M.

I knew nothing about this topic to start, but definitely learned a lot and took plenty of notes. I liked the back and forth discussion format of the speakers as well.

Paul S.

Good, concise program.

Melissa F.

This was incredibly clear and straight forward. The presenters did a great job.

Dennis S.

Presenters were clear; good lectureres.

Stan I.

extremely informative

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Very helpful.

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John J. P.

Great course.

Ellen N.

The program was on point.

William C.



Important to know. Thx.

Kathleen S.

Good speakers, easy to follow.

Elizabeth C. T.

Well done. Kept my interest throughout. Not my field of practice, but the knowledge imparted was valuable.

Steven K.

These were very knowledgeable presenters.

Randi W.

Very informative and excellent speakers who presented the material clearly.

George S.

Very useful ways to protect companies from hungry plaintiffs bar

Scott A.

The speakers did a good job presenting the materials in an interesting and understandable manner.

Michelle T.

great summary of law.

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