The State of Workers' Rights

The State of Workers' Rights

DCA's Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) is NYC’s central resource for workers.

2019 Report: Advances and Setbacks in Turbulent Times

On January 31, 2019, DCA released “Advances and Setbacks in Turbulent Times: Second Annual Report on the State of Workers’ Rights in NYC” from its Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS). The release follows Mayor de Blasio’s State of the City announcement that DCA will be renamed as the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to reflect the Agency’s expanded mandate, and as OLPS completes its second full year of work implementing vital new protections for workers in New York City and taking on the critical challenges that workers face. DCA released the report in conjunction with a day of outreach to day laborers in the South Bronx as part of City Hall in Your Borough: Bronx.


2018 Public Hearing: The State of Workers' Rights in NYC

On July 17, 2018, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Office of Labor Policy & Standards, in partnership with the City Commission on Human Rights and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, held a public hearing about the state of workers’ rights in NYC. Workers shared testimonials on how they are defending and advancing their workplace rights. The hearing included panels of workers who testified about issues they faced at work as well as open testimony from low-wage and immigrant workers, worker advocate groups, labor unions, nonprofits, and community-based organizations. Topics included gaps in existing protections for workers; freelancer payment issues; issues related to worksite immigration enforcement; workers' right to organize; wage theft; discrimination; scheduling problems; health and saftey issues; and access to paid safe and sick leave.



2017 Report and Roundtable Discussion

On September 20, 2017, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs’ (DCA) Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) released the “State of Workers’ Rights” report at City Hall. DCA, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) participated in a roundtable discussion with advocacy groups, worker organizations, and labor unions about the report’s findings and the issues affecting workers in New York City. OLPS also released the 2017 Empire State Poll results, in which OLPS partnered with the Worker Institute at Cornell University to survey New Yorkers on a range of issues related to inequality, working conditions, and the role of city and local government in protecting immigrants and defending worker rights.


2017 Public Hearing: The State of Workers' Rights in NYC

On April 25, 2017, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS), in collaboration with the New York City Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), convened a public hearing on the state of workers’ rights in New York City at LaGuardia Community College in Queens. Testimony provided by workers and organizations help to inform OLPS’ future efforts to protect workers, and offer insight on the emerging gap in labor protections, particularly for low-wage and vulnerable workers.