Neil H. Greenberg Expects NYC to Benefit from Prevailing Wage Law despite Increased Violations

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WESTBURY, NY — Attorney Neil H. Greenberg, Esq., Principal/Founder, Neil H. Greenberg and Associates, P.C., says this new “prevailing wage” law for New York City will provide a better quality of life for some building service employees and will help boost the city’s economy.  However, New York City will likely see more cases involving prevailing wage violations.


The August 8 decision, by the Manhattan Supreme Court, signified the end of an ongoing legal battle between the administration of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city council over a bill that would pay security guards, janitors, handymen and other workers up to $20 an hour. This prevailing wage would apply to employees who work in buildings that receive more than $1 million in subsidies from the city or lease significant amounts of space to the city.


The bill passed the City Council but, in 2012, it was vetoed by Mr. Bloomberg, saying the wage hike would give more people higher salaries but at the expense of creating more jobs.


In 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor closed over 100,000 prevailing wage cases. Nearly half of all violations involved construction workers, groundskeepers, cleaning workers or other maintenance service workers. 


“The implementation and enforcement of the ‘prevailing wage’ law compels landlords who receive significant financial benefits from the City of New York to pay a living wage to workers is fair and just,” Mr. Greenberg says. “The workers who benefit from this new law generally reside in New York City. Historically, these workers will spend their additional wages at local businesses and thereby help to boost the New York City’s economy, and I hope property management companies will not try to flout this law.”


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About Neil H. Greenberg and Associates, P.C.

With locations in Westbury and New York, New York, Neil H. Greenberg and Associates, P.C. concentrates its practice in employment law. Among the firm’s focus areas are negotiation of employment agreements, overtime, minimum wage, commission disputes, employee/contractor misclassifications, severance agreements, wrongful terminations, non-compete agreements, wrongful deductions, record keeping requirements, equity compensation, workplace accidents and prevailing wages. Principal/Founder Neil H. Greenberg, Esq., together with his legal team and national affiliates, is committed and devoted to each and every client. To make this possible, the firm takes on fewer cases, and devotes more effort and time to each individual case than many larger-sized law firms in their practice areas. For more information, call (516) 228-5100 or visit