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Tuesday April 6, 2021
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Releases Fourth Annual Report on the State of Workers' Rights in New York City
Report Highlights the City’s Vigorous Efforts to Protect Workers and Expand City Workplace Laws During COVID-19 Pandemic
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the release of the fourth annual report of “The State of Workers’ Rights in New York City.” The report outlines the critical actions DCWP took to protect and strengthen the rights of workers in New York City in the face of a global health pandemic, through enforcement, education, and advocacy.


Thursday, March 17, 2021
City Exploring New Shared Equity Models of Community Wealth Building and Ownership
Request for Information seeks models of housing and economic development that help New Yorkers build wealth and participate in sustainable ownership
The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) today issued a Shared Equity Request for Information (RFI). The City is looking for models that enable low- to moderate-income households and households of color to build wealth through collective ownership of neighborhood assets – such as homes, businesses, land, and others – while keeping these assets affordable for their communities in the long-term.


Thursday, March 4, 2021
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Issues Safety Tips for National Consumer Protection Week
As part of National Consumer Protection Week, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today issued five tips, which are available in multiple languages, to protect consumers’ identity and money during COVID-19.


Friday, January 29, 2021
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Encourages New Yorkers Who Earned $68,000 or Less to File for Free - And Virtually - With NYC Free Tax Prep
DCWP Launches its Annual Tax Initiative on Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today kicked off the 2021 tax season with the launch of the Agency’s 19th annual tax season initiative and encouraged New Yorkers who earned $68,000 or less in 2020 to file for free using NYC Free Tax Prep. NYC Free Tax Prep offers trusted, professional service virtually and in-person to help New Yorkers stay safe and avoid tax preparer fees. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will begin processing returns on February 12 but New Yorkers can file for free with NYC Free Tax Prep now.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Releases Brief on Inequalities for Student Loan Borrowers With Low Incomes
Low-income borrowers less likely to complete their degree or certificates, earn less, often borrow more and repay their loans at lower rates
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced the release of "Upwardly Immobile: Low-Income Borrowers and the High Cost of College Education". While a college degree can aid in income mobility, the brief demonstrates that a sizable gap in affordability—and, therefore, accessibility—exists in New York City between student borrowers from low-income families and those from higher-income families, a pattern that aligns with national-level findings.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Bronx Grocery Workers Return to Work After Filing Complaints with the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Lorelei Salas today announced a settlement agreement with a Key Food in the Bronx (5661 Riverdale Avenue) to resolve a lawsuit that DCWP filed in September last year for illegally firing essential grocery workers during the pandemic. The settlement resolves 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. Thirteen workers have already or are in the process of returning to work as a result of the settlement, which also requires the store to pay $90,000 in lost wages to the 19 workers who were fired.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Transcript: Mayor de Blasio Holds Virtual Public Hearing and Signs Intros 1396-A and 1415-A
Mayor de Blasio:Good afternoon, everyone. Okay, today we have a hearing on two bills, and these are really timely and important pieces of legislation given everything that is happening to people all over the city, given the challenges that so many working people have faced, the incredible stresses that people have gone through in the year 2020 that we're going to be fighting back through, all through 2021 as well. We've got to look out for working people. So, these two bills are absolutely crucial for protecting a group of working people who often have gotten the short end of the stick, our fast food workers and they're folks that we depend on in so many ways. We have to make sure they get fairness, and they are protected from unfair dismissal without just cause. So, two pieces of legislation today, Intro. 1396-A and Intro. 1415-A, and they're really about fairness and equity for folks who do much for the rest of us.


Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Mayor de Blasio Signs "Just Cause" Worker Protection Bills for Fast Food Employees
NEW YORK – Mayor de Blasio today signed two bills expanding protections for fast food workers in New York City. Together, these bills protect fast food workers from being fired without "just cause" or for a bona fide economic reason.” These bills build upon the existing Fair Workweek enforcement via private right of action and by the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), while also creating a new arbitration program for workers. The bills also update the Fair Workweek laws to incorporate the new wrongful discharge provisions into the existing scheduling and access-to-hours hiring protections for fast food workers.