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Sec. 609 of NY LLC Law Amended to Make Members Liable for Wage Claims

On December 29, 2014, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation amending the 2011 New York Wage Theft Prevention Act (“WTPA” or the “Act”)

Section 609 of the limited liability company law is amended by adding two new subdivisions (c) and (d) to read as follows:

(C) NOTWITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISIONS (A) AND (B) OF THIS SECTION, THE TEN MEMBERS WITH THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE OWNERSHIP INTEREST, AS DETERMINED AS OF THE BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD DURING WHICH THE UNPAID SERVICES REFERRED TO IN THIS SECTION ARE PERFORMED, OF EVERY LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, SHALL JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY BE PERSONALLY LIABLE FOR ALL DEBTS, WAGES OR SALARIES DUE AND OWING TO ANY OF ITS LABORERS, SERVANTS OR EMPLOYEES, FOR SERVICES PERFORMED BY THEM FOR SUCH LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. BEFORE SUCH LABORER, SERVANT OR EMPLOYEE SHALL CHARGE SUCH MEMBER FOR SUCH SERVICES, HE OR SHE SHALL GIVE NOTICE IN WRITING TO SUCH MEMBER THAT HE OR SHE INTENDS TO HOLD SUCH MEMBER LIABLE UNDER THIS SECTION. SUCH NOTICE SHALL BE GIVEN WITHIN ONE HUNDRED EIGHTY DAYS AFTER TERMINATION OF SUCH SERVICES. AN ACTION TO ENFORCE SUCH LIABILITY SHALL BE COMMENCED WITHIN NINETY DAYS AFTER THE RETURN OF AN EXECUTION UNSATISFIED AGAINST THE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY UPON A JUDGMENT RECOVERED AGAINST IT FOR SUCH SERVICES. A MEMBER WHO HAS PAID MORE THAN HIS OR HER PRO RATA SHARE UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE ENTITLED TO CONTRIBUTION PRO RATA FROM THE OTHER MEMBERS LIABLE UNDER THIS SECTION WITH RESPECT TO THE EXCESS SO PAID, OVER AND ABOVE HIS OR HER PRO RATA SHARE, AND MAY SUE THEM JOINTLY OR SEVERALLY OR ANY NUMBER OF THEM TO RECOVER THE AMOUNT DUE FROM THEM. SUCH RECOVERY MAY BE HAD IN A SEPARATE ACTION. AS USED IN THIS SUBDIVISION, “PRO RATA” MEANS IN PROPORTION TO PERCENTAGE OWNERSHIP INTEREST. BEFORE A MEMBER MAY CLAIM CONTRIBUTION FROM OTHER MEMBERS UNDER THIS SECTION, HE OR SHE SHALL GIVE THEM NOTICE IN WRITING THAT HE OR SHE INTENDS TO HOLD THEM SO LIABLE TO HIM OR HER.

(D) FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, WAGES OR SALARIES SHALL MEAN ALL COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS PAYABLE BY AN EMPLOYER TO OR FOR THE ACCOUNT OF THE EMPLOYEE, SERVANT OR LABORER, FOR SERVICES PERFORMED BY THEM FOR SUCH LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. THESE SHALL SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO SALARIES, OVERTIME, VACATION, HOLIDAY AND SEVERANCE PAY; EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS TO OR PAYMENTS OF INSURANCE OR WELFARE BENEFITS; EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS TO PENSION OR ANNUITY FUNDS; AND ANY OTHER MONEYS PROPERLY DUE OR PAYABLE FOR SERVICES RENDERED BY SUCH EMPLOYEE, SERVANT OR LABORER, INCLUDING ANY CONCOMITANT LIQUIDATED DAMAGES, PENALTIES, INTEREST, ATTORNEYS’ FEES OR COSTS.


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