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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Attorney General James Leads Fight Against Trump Administration’s Attempts to Undermine Workplace Protections
AG James and Coalition Oppose Proposed DOL Rule That Would Strip Workers of Key Protections
NEW YORK, NY – New York Attorney General Letitia James today announced she has co-led a coalition of 24 attorneys general, in addition to the cities of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and city agencies in New York and Chicago, in calling on the Trump Administration to stop the implementation of a proposed rule that would strip workers of key protections provided under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed rule — issued by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) — would make it easier for employers to change the classification of workers from employees to independent contractors, removing these workers from federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and increasing taxes and other out-of-pocket costs for workers. Attorney General James and the coalition yesterday sent a comment letter to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia calling on the DOL to withdraw the rule and ensure the protection of U.S. workers.


Thursday, October 8, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Research Identifies New Yorkers Most Vulnerable to the Economic Effects of the Pandemic
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) today released Already At-Risk: The New Yorkers Struggling Economically Before COVID-19, a research brief examining the financial vulnerability of New Yorkers prior to the COVID-19 crisis to understand who is least able to cope with its economic effects. The research brief looks at three key indicators of financial health—banking access, emergency savings, and credit access—to identify the most vulnerable neighborhoods prior to the pandemic and who is therefore most vulnerable now and to future economic shocks. The brief finds that the most financially vulnerable New Yorkers live in south and central Bronx, northern Manhattan, and eastern Brooklyn—neighborhoods that also have higher shares of Black and Hispanic households and households with low incomes. This is the first of two briefs about the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis.


Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Announces $25K Settlement in First Paid Safe Leave Case
NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law Allows Employees to Use Their Paid Leave for Any Act or Threat of Domestic Violence, Unwanted Sexual Contact, Stalking, or Human Trafficking; Additional Amendments to the Law Go into Effect September 30th
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced a settlement agreement with Los Olivos, a food distributor based in Farmingdale, NY, to resolve violations of the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law. The settlement requires the company to pay $22,000 to an NYC-based worker who was wrongfully terminated for using safe leave and $3,000 to six other employees unlawfully denied access to paid safe and sick leave. The company, after demanding confidential information about her history as a victim of domestic violence when she used two safe leave days, harassed and retaliated against her and ultimately fired her. This is DCWP’s first paid safe leave case since the law went into effect in 2018 and comes in advance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which begins tomorrow.


Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Implements New Rules to Protect Limited English Proficiency New Yorkers from Predatory Debt Collection
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced that its new rules to protect Limited English Proficiency (LEP) consumers from deceptive debt collection practices will, after a delay in enforcement due to COVID-19, go into effect on October 1, 2020. DCWP made the announcement at a Federal Trade Commission press teleconference, a nationwide law enforcement and outreach initiative called Operation Corrupt Collector to protect consumers from phantom debt collection and abusive and threatening debt collection practices.


Monday, September 28, 2020
Mayor de Blasio Signs Bills to Expand Protections for Workers, Consumers, and Commercial Tenants
NEW YORK, NY – Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed into law a package of bills that will expand protections for workers, consumers, and commercial tenants. The bills extend and expand the City’s paid safe and sick leave law to reach more workers, reinforce and extend protections for commercial tenants, and protect the jobs of hotel workers.


Thursday, September 3, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Files Case to Protect Bronx Grocery Store Workers Illegally Fired During the Pandemic
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that the agency has filed a case against a Key Food in the Bronx (5661 Riverdale Avenue) for illegally firing essential grocery workers during the pandemic. The lawsuit alleges multiple violations of the City’s Grocery Worker Retention Act, which requires new grocery store owners to keep previous employees for a 90-day transitional period. DCWP is seeking $198,240 in lost wages for the 21 workers who were fired – three times what they would have made if they had been retained – as well as approximately $12,069 in lost benefits. DCWP is also seeking $1,000 in fines from the former owner, and $15,750 in fines from the current owner. This is the first case under the law that has been filed at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).


Monday, August 17, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Issues Tip for Smart Back-to-School Shopping
NEW YORK, NY – The first day of school is quickly approaching and while classes are expected to look different in order to comply with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, back-to-school shopping may still be a major expense for families this year. The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) issued new tips, which are available in multiple languages, to help you save money and teach your children about making smart financial decisions.


Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Report Highlights Major Factor in Racial Wealth Gap – Student Loan Debt
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the release of a report titled “ Unequal Burden: Black Borrowers and the Student Loan Debt Crisis.” The report explores inequities in borrowing and the connections to the racial wealth gap, school quality and outcomes, and difficulty repaying. Higher education is glorified as a pathway to equal opportunity but often contributes to racial and generational wealth gaps.


Monday, July 7, 2020
Nation’s Top Consumer Complaints
Washington, D.C. – Problems with car sales and repairs and home improvement and construction once again topped the list of complaints reported to state and local consumer agencies across the country, according to an annual survey by Consumer Federation of America (CFA). “When the used car you just bought breaks down or your new roof leaks, who are you going to call? It’s your state or local consumer agency,” said Susan Grant, CFA Director of Consumer Protection and Privacy. Ms. Grant conducts the survey, in which 31 agencies from 19 states participated this year. It asked about the most common, the fastest-growing, and the worst complaints agencies received in 2019. Agencies were also asked about new consumer problems, new laws enacted in their jurisdictions to protect consumers, and their greatest achievements in resolving complaints, improving their operations, and providing information to the public.


Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Salas Announces $160,000 Sick Leave Settlement For Airline Service Workers
NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced a settlement agreement with Eulen America, a contractor for American Airlines at JFK Airport, to resolve violations of the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law. The settlement requires the company to pay $103,800 in restitution to over 400 workers—including wheelchair attendants, customer service representatives, baggage handlers, and cargo agents—credit workers with additional sick leave worth $46,383 that they can use through mid-2021 and pay $9,555 in civil penalties.


Monday, July 6, 2020
New York City to Hold Virtual Events in Honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and disability community organizations commemorate historic milestone with month-long programing throughout July
NEW YORK – The New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is facilitating a month of fully online programming in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the passage and signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Events include a disability history exhibit, digital accessibility workshops, and panels on a variety of topics such as advocacy, tourism, employment, and transportation. On July 26th, the anniversary of the signing, MOPD and members of the disability community are hosting Disability Unite, a four-hour live-streamed event full of music, dance, discussion, live gaming, and more. A full calendar of City-run and community events can be found at NYC.gov/ADA30.


Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Two Weeks Left Until Tax Day: Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Reminds Eligible New Yorkers to File Their Taxes for Free
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today reminded New Yorkers that there are two weeks left to file taxes before the July 15 deadline. More than 965,000 tax returns remain to be filed across New York City, including 530,000 from taxpayers in Brooklyn and Queens. Commissioner Salas encourages eligible New Yorkers to file for free with NYC Free Tax Prep virtual services.


Friday, June 26, 2020
New York City Prepares for Phase 3 of Re-Opening
NEW YORK – Today, Mayor de Blasio announced additional guidance and assistance for businesses that can re-open in Phase 3, including personal care services and indoor dining. Because of the hard work of New Yorkers in flattening the curve and following health guidance, Phase 3 is projected to begin on July 6th. To protect workers and help businesses safely enter Phase 3, the City will also distribute an additional 2.5 million face coverings to businesses citywide.


Friday, June 26, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Settles Price Gouging Case with Metro Drugs
Consumers Encouraged to Claim Restitution if Metro Drugs Overcharged them for Face Masks, Gloves, or Disinfecting Wipes
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that Metro Drugs (931 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan) has agreed to provide restitution to consumers who it overcharged for face masks, gloves, or disinfecting wipes on or after March 5, 2020. Consumers who have their receipt should present it to the store and request restitution. This agreement resolves DCWP’s allegations that Metro Drugs repeatedly price-gouged consumers on COVID-19 related products. As part of the settlement, Metro Drugs also agreed to pay a $25,900 fine and $39.97 to one consumer named in the case.


Monday, June 22, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Hits the Streets to Educate Businesses and Workers and Workers About Reopening
Teams Target Neighborhoods Hardest Hit by COVID-19
NEW YORK – NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas and staff, in partnership with local BIDs, are visiting businesses in neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19, as well as busy retail corridors, to educate them and their workers about their rights and responsibilities during NYC’s reopening. Last week, during Phase 1, DCWP visited more than 200 businesses in Hunts Point and Morrisania in the Bronx to distribute guidelines and resources to businesses and workers. This week, DCWP will be in Jamaica in Queens and Sunset Park and Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn. Additional events are also being scheduled. In addition to being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, these communities have a high percentage of residents—many of whom are frontline service workers—living in poverty, as well as who are unemployed and rent burdened.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Urges New Yorkers to Call its New Worker Protection Hotline if They Have Question About the City’s Reopening
NEW YORK – NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced the launch of the Worker Protection Hotline and other resources to help New York City workers navigate the return to work including what health and safety practices are required for businesses, what protective equipment must be made available, their right to sick leave, and more. Workers are also encouraged to call the hotline to report employers that are not following the reopening requirements, which can be done anonymously. DCWP’s Worker Protection Hotline is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 311 or 212-436-0381.


Thursday, June 4, 2020
Open Restaurants: Mayor de Blasio Announces Plan to Expand Restaurant Outdoor Seating Once City Enters Phase 2
NEW YORK – As New York City prepares to reopen, Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced plans to temporarily use open space to support the city's restaurants while maintaining social distancing. Once the City enters Phase 2 of reopening, restaurants will be able to serve customers in outdoor seating areas without enduring a cumbersome application and approval process.


Thursday, May 28, 2020
Mayor de Blasio Outlines Plan for Phase One of New York City's Reopening
NEW YORK – Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio outlined additional guidance and support for the industries permitted to restart in phase one of the City’s reopening. With the Test and Trace Corps set to launch June 1, and the number of positive cases, hospitalizations, and cases in the ICU in continuous decline, New York City is moving closer to the day when construction, manufacturing, wholesale suppliers, and non-essential retail including clothing and electronics stores can reopen with some restrictions.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Mayor de Blasio Signs COVID-19 Relief Package Into Law
NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio today signed seven pieces of legislation providing relief for tenants, commercial establishments, and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new laws support struggling small businesses by imposing limits on third-party food delivery services, extending the suspension of sidewalk cafe fee collection, and protecting commercial tenants from harassment and personal liability. Together, the bills offer sweeping protections for New Yorkers in a time of unprecedented financial insecurity.


Thursday, May 21, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Warns New Yorkers about Scams Related to COVID-19
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today warned New Yorkers of scams related to COVID-19 to protect consumers’ identity and money.


Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Extends Emergency Price Gouging Rule and Proposes New Permanent Rule
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that the Agency has extended its emergency price gouging Rule, which was scheduled to expire this week, for an additional 60 days. Under the emergency Rule, price gouging is illegal for any personal or household good or any service that is needed to prevent or limit the spread of or treat COVID-19. As part of the extension, DCWP has also proposed a new permanent Rule, which contemplates future emergencies by making price gouging illegal for any products or services essential to health, safety and welfare.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020
TLC Launches Resource Center Offering Legal, Financial and other Services to Hard Hit Drivers, Owners
NEW YORK – The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) launched its Driver Resource Center (https://portal.driverresourcecenter.tlc.nyc.gov) May 12, offering a wide range of services to all TLC-licensed drivers and medallion owner-drivers.


Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Urges New Yorkers to Use its Free Financial Resources During COVID-19
New Yorkers Encouraged to Get Their Stimulus Payments Faster and Safer with Direct Deposit; IRS Deadline to Enter Direct Deposit Information Wednesday at Noon
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today urged New Yorkers to access their financial empowerment resources and to get their Economic Impact Payment by direct deposit because its faster and safer. Anyone who filed their 2019 (or 2018) tax return and did not provide direct deposit information, must enter account information by noon on Wednesday, May 13 to get their payment by direct deposit. DCWP has various resources and services to help New Yorkers navigate financial hardships, including information about stimulus payments and how to access them, dealing with debt collectors, free financial counseling by phone, virtual tax preparation, and information about opening a bank account and student loan payments.


Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Launches Remote NYC Free Tax Prep Services
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that the Agency is now offering remote free tax prep services with NYC Free Tax Prep. New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less in 2019 are eligible for Virtual Free Tax Preparation with a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)/Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) certified preparer. New Yorkers who earned $69,000 or less in 2019 are eligible for free Assisted Self-Preparation. Taxpayers have an additional three months to file their taxes with the deadline being extended from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.


Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Prosecutes Three More Repeat Price Gougers
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced the Department has filed three additional cases against repeat offenders for knowingly increasing prices in violation of DCWP’s price gouging regulations under the City’s Consumer Protection Law. DCWP issued violations for selling face masks, bleach, disinfectant wipes and other products at drastically increased prices—for example, a business charging a consumer $27.99 for an 8 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer. The cases will be heard at the City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) where DCWP is seeking a total of up to $55,500 in fines.


Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Salas Prosecute Repeat Price Gougers
City files three additional lawsuits against price gouging violators, seeking up to $101,500 in fines
NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the Department has filed three additional cases against repeat price gougers for knowingly increasing prices in violation of DCWP’s regulations under the City’s Consumer Protection Law. DCWP issued a total of 203 violations to three businesses for selling face masks, hand sanitizer, cough medicine and other products at drastically increased prices. In one particularly egregious example, one business was charging a consumer $20.00 for one N95 face mask. The cases will be heard at the City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) where DCWP is seeking a total of up to $101,500 in fines. On March 25, DCWP filed its first case against a repeat offender of its price gouging regulations.


Friday, March 27, 2020
New York City and Others Call on Delivery Companies to Enhance Worker Protection Policies
New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle Urge FedEx, UPS and XPO to Expand Worker Protections for Delivery Workers During Public Health Crisis
NEW YORK, NY – NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas and several other cities are calling on delivery companies, including United Parcel Service (UPS), Fed Ex Corporation and XPO Logistics to expand worker protections to address the public health crisis. After learning that workers are being forced to show up to work despite showing COVID-19 symptoms due to fear of retaliation, DCWP urged the delivery companies to revise their sick leave policy to address public health concerns. Participating cities include New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle. This multi-city effort was developed in partnership with Public Rights Project, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting state and local law offices and enforcement agencies enhance capacity to enforce civil, economic, and environmental rights of their residents.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Salas Target Repeat Price Gougers Preying on New Yorkers
DCWP files case against Metro Drugs for $37,500 for price gouging of face masks; City has received 4,000 complaints and issued 1,000 violations total since March 5th
NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the Department filed a case against Metro Drugs (931 Lexington Avenue) for knowingly increasing the price of face masks in violation of DCWP’s price gouging regulations under the City’s Consumer Protection Law. DCWP inspected Metro Drugs twice and both times the pharmacy was selling face masks at drastically increased prices—as high as $200 for 20 masks. In total, DCWP received 23 complaints about Metro Drugs and issued them 75 violations for price gouging of face masks. The case will be heard at the City's Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) where DCWP is seeking up to $37,500 in fines. This is the first of several cases that DCWP will be filing against repeat offenders of its price gouging regulations.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Issues Emergency Rule That Makes Price Gouging Illegal for Any Item or Service Needed to Limit the Spread of Coronavirus
The Rule Follows the Department’s Declarations and Expands Protections for Consumers During the Public Health Emergency
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that the Agency has promulgated an emergency Rule under the City’s Consumer Protection Law that makes price gouging illegal for any personal or household good or any service that is needed to prevent or limit the spread of or treat new coronavirus (COVID-19). The Rule (NYC Administrative Code 20-701(b)) is in effect and makes it illegal to increase prices by 10 percent or more. The Rule follows DCWP’s previous declaration that face masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes are in short supply and expands the Agency’s ability to protect New Yorkers from price gouging.


Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Report Cautions NYC Veterans About Enrolling in For-Profit Schools
NEW YORK, NY – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced the release of a report titled “Ill Served: Why NYC Veterans Should Use Extra Caution When Choosing a For-Profit School.” The report explores the historical relationship between veterans and for-profit institutions, how well for-profit schools serve veterans, and if for-profit schools are a sound investment for veterans looking to pursue higher education. This is the first in what will be a series of reports about communities who are most vulnerable to student loan debt and/or are vulnerable to predatory targeting by for-profit schools.


Monday, March 9, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Declares Hand Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes Temporarily in Short Supply
Department Declares Additional Items in Short Supply to Protect Consumers from Price Gouging.
NEW YORK –Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that, in addition to face masks, she is declaring hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes temporarily in short supply to prevent stores from overcharging New Yorkers. The declaration, which will go into effect tomorrow, makes it temporarily illegal to drastically increase prices.


Monday, March 9, 2020
Mayor de Blasio Updates New Yorkers on City's COVID-19 Response
NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio today updated New Yorkers on the City's response efforts regarding COVID-19. There are now 20 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City.


Thursday, March 5, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Announces Proposed Debt Collection Rules to Protection Two Million Limited English Proficiency Consumers
The Department’s Proposed Rules Will Prohibit Debt Collection Agencies from Engaging in Deceptive Conduct Targeted at LEP Consumers
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced today new proposed rules to protect Limited English Proficiency (LEP) consumers from deceptive debt collection practices. The proposed rules would require debt collection agencies to inform consumers if language access services are available, prohibit the false, inaccurate or partial translation of any debt collection communications, and to maintain records relating to the language preferences of the consumers. DCWP made the announcement at a National Consumer Protection Week press conference with multiple federal, state, and city agencies.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Declares Face Masks Temporarily in Short Supply to Protect New Yorkers From Price Gouging
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced that she is declaring face masks temporarily in short supply to prevent stores from overcharging New Yorkers. Although health officials advise against the purchase of face masks for healthy individuals, the shortage continues. The declaration, which will be in effect tomorrow, makes it temporarily illegal to drastically increase prices.


Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Mayor de Blasio Updates New Yorkers on City's COVID-19 Preparedness
NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio today updated New Yorkers on the City’s preparedness efforts regarding COVID-19. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in partnership with New York City Emergency Management, has distributed guidance to all agencies and partners. The Mayor has convened four agency wide tabletops to discuss these preparations. This week, all city agencies that oversee congregate and community spaces are implementing enhanced cleaning guidance modeled after the Department of Education’s enhanced protocols.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Salas Announce Paid Sick Leave Settlement with Chipotle
Agreement requires Chipotle to rehire worker and provide $2500 in restitution; DCWP’s larger Fair Workweek and Paid Safe and Sick Leave investigation into Chipotle remains ongoing
NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced a settlement agreement with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. for illegally firing an employee at the East 14th Street location in Manhattan for using sick leave. In addition to retaliating against the worker for exercising her right to sick leave, which is illegal under the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law, DCWP’s investigation found that she was not paid for leave that she used to take care of her family and for her own illness. The worker was referred to DCWP by SEIU Local 32BJ in January, and DCWP fast-tracked the investigation to get her back to work as soon as possible.


Thursday, February 20, 2020
City will provide relief for 1st time fines and expand violations subject to cure periods Fix It, Don't Fine It: City Expands Relief for Small Businesses
City will provide relief for 1st time fines and expand violations subject to cure periods
NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the City is expanding relief for small businesses, including eliminating fines for first time violations and expanding the universe of violations that will have cure periods. As announced at the Mayor’s State of the City, the de Blasio Administration has cut small business fines by over 40 percent since 2014 and will cut an additional 10 percent by the time the Mayor leaves office. The Administration has put over $100 million back in the pockets of small business owners, and this relief will raise the amount of money saved yearly from $20 million to $26 million.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Mayor de Blasio's Fair Workweek Law Stands Up in Court
New York State Supreme Court rules State law does not preempt City's Fair Workweek Law
NEW YORK – Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas and Corporation Counsel James E. Johnson announced that the New York State Supreme Court has upheld New York City's Fair Workweek Law and ruled that the law is not pre-empted by New York State wage and hour laws. The International Franchise Association, Restaurant Law Center, and the New York State Restaurant Association challenged the City's law as it applies to fast food workers, claiming it conflicted with, and was broadly preempted by state labor law. In rejecting the claims, and upholding the law, the Court acknowledged that New York City's purpose in passing the law was to protect vulnerable workers from exploitation by unpredictable scheduling.


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Announces Expansion of Financial Empowerment Centers Across the City
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the expansion of its network of NYC Financial Empowerment Centers, which offer free, professional one-on-one financial counseling. There are now more than double the number of Centers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island and counseling in additional languages. DCWP now has 34 Centers in all five boroughs and nearly all counselors are bilingual, speaking English, Spanish, Russian, and Haitian Creole. Centers are open to anyone over the age of 18, who lives or works in NYC and counselors can help their clients tackle debt, save for the future, open a bank account, improve credit, navigate student loan debt, and much more.


Thursday, January 23, 2020
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Kicks Off the 2020 Tax Season With Continued Expansion of NYC Free Tax Prep
NEW YORK – Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today kicked off the 2020 tax season with the launch of the Agency’s 18th annual tax season initiative and encouraged New Yorkers who earned $64,000 or less to file for free using NYC Free Tax Prep. Commissioner Salas also announced the Agency’s continued expansion of NYC Free Tax Prep with the addition of services in neighborhoods and languages previously underserved.


Thursday, January 9, 2020
De Blasio Administration Secures Nearly $500,000 in Restitution for 4,500 Home Health Aides
New settlements part of Department of Consumer and Worker Protection’s major investigation into industry compliance with the New York City Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law
NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced settlement agreements with 11 home care agencies to resolve violations of the New York City Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law that had previously been filed at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH). The settlements require the agencies to pay nearly $450,000 in restitution to more than 4,100 home health aides. These settlements also require the agencies to pay nearly $122,000 in civil penalties, identify and implement a compliance officer, train managerial staff, and post and distribute the Notice of Employee Rights to all employees.