Workplace Laws

Office of Labor Policy & Standards

DCA’s Office of Labor Policy & Standards serves as the City’s focal point for labor issues and workers in New York City, giving a dedicated voice in City government to the issues facing workers in New York City. OLPS enforces key municipal workplace laws, conducts original research, and develops policies that are responsive to an evolving economy and issues affecting workers in New York City, particularly people of color, women, and immigrants.

Learn about your responsibilities on these workplace laws:
•    Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law
•    Fair Workweek and Fast Food Deductions Laws
•    Commuter Benefits Law
•    Living Wage Law
•    Minimum Wage Law
•    Freelance Isn’t Free Act
•    Grocery Worker Retention Act
•    Displaced Building Service Workers Protection Act
•    Temporary Schedule Change Law


Additional Requirements for Employers


Stop Sexual Harassment Act

On May 9, 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act, a comprehensive legislative package aimed at addressing and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, into law. Included in the package is an expansion of the City Human Rights Law, one of the strongest civil rights laws in the nation, in cases of gender-based harassment to allow the Commission to investigate sexual harassment claims going back three years, and expands protections to all employees, regardless of the size of their employer. The legislation also includes new requirements for distribution and posting of materials and other mandates for all employers in New York City. The Commission has developed a webpage specifically for employers and employees to access and download the required materials, request further information, and learn how the legislation strengthens protections against sexual harassment in the workplace. Visit nyc.gov/humanrights.


NYS Department of Labor

The NYS Department of Labor enforces the State Labor Law for minimum wage, hours of work, child labor, payment of wages and wage supplements, migrant farm labor, and conditions in the garment industry. The agency protects employers, workers, and the public from dangers at work and other health hazards. Learn more about the NYS Department of Labor.


NYS Workers’ Compensation Board

Do you need to provide workers’ compensation or disability benefits to your employees? Learn more about the NYS Workers' Compensation Board.