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NY wage protection bill advancing in Legislature

ALBANY — The sponsor of a bill to crack down on bosses who illegally withhold workers’ pay says the tougher penalties are expected to be passed.

Assemblyman Rory Lancman said the chamber was poised to pass the Senate version of the bill Monday night after it cleared two committees, but lawmakers recessed after 4 a.m. Tuesday without getting to it.

The Queens Democrat says it should be approved in the extended session that starts Tuesday afternoon.

Legislators were trying Monday to reconcile the Senate measure with an Assembly-passed bill, but the Senate adjourned without voting on any revision.

The Senate bill would increase possible damages when wages are illegally unpaid from 25 percent above the amount to 100 percent.

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