Bill Amending New York Labor Law § 193 Awaiting Governor’s Approval

Section 193 of the New York Labor Law currently permits an employer to make wage deductions only for items that are authorized by law, and items that an employee has authorized and are “for the benefit of the employee.” The scope of permissible deductions is relatively narrow, and is expressly stated in New York Labor § 193.
New York seeks to amend New York Labor Law § 193 to increase the types of deductions employers are permitted to make. Provided that the employee authorizes the deductions in writing, the bill permits deductions for prepaid legal plans, purchases at charitable events, gym memberships, discounted parking or mass transit vouchers, tuition and fees related to certain educational institutions, and certain child expenses.
Additional information concerning the bill can be found in the Governor’s Memorandum.