Worker Rights

The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP)—formerly known as the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)—Office of Labor Policy & Standards is NYC’s central resource for workers. We are a dedicated voice in City government for workers in NYC. We protect and promote labor standards and policies that create fair workplaces to ensure all workers can realize their rights, regardless of immigration status. Learn about our public education campaign, We Fight for Every Worker in NYC.

*Important Updates Due to COVID-19*

NEW! Worker Protection Hotline: Call 311 or 1-212-436-0381 with questions about reopening, health and safety guidelines for the workplace, or to report an employer that is not following reopening requirements.

NEW! Download PHASE 3 of Reopening NYC: What Workers Need to Know. Information in additional languages coming soon.
Note: For detailed industry-specific guidance, available in additional languages, visit forward.ny.gov.

NEW! Download PHASE 2 of Reopening NYC: What Workers Need to Know in:
English | Español (Spanish) | العربية (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bengali) | 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified) | 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional) | Français (French) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) | 한국어 (Korean) | Język Polski (Polish) | Русский (Russian) | ردو (Urdu)
Note: For detailed industry-specific guidance, available in additional languages, visit forward.ny.gov.

NEW! Download PHASE 1 of Reopening NYC: What Workers Need to Know in:
English | Español (Spanish) | العربية (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bengali) | 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified) | 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional) | Français (French) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) | 한국어 (Korean) | Język Polski (Polish) | Русский (Russian) | ردو (Urdu)
Note: For detailed industry-specific guidance, available in additional languages, visit forward.ny.gov.

NEW! Download Reopening NYC: Frequently Asked Questions for NYC Workers. Note: Information in additional languages coming soon.


Important Information for Employers and Employees: Update about Workplace Laws as NYC Seeks to Stop the Spread of the New Coronavirus (COVID-19). Created by the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), this publication includes a summary of City labor laws for employers and employees as you deal with the impact of COVID-19 on your workplace. Download the publication in:
English | Español (Spanish) | العربية (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bengali) | 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified) | 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional) | Français (French) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) | 한국어 (Korean) | Język Polski (Polish) | Русский (Russian) | ردو (Urdu)

Get DCWP Alerts and Information During COVID-19 Crisis, including price gouging complaints and resources to manage money.

Know Your Worker Rights

Get an overview of the worker protections available to you.

Watch the Know Your Rights Virtual Town Hall for Workers.


Workplace Protections for Specific Workers

Learn about workplace protections for specific workers including:


Workplace Laws

Learn about workplace laws designed to improve working conditions:


Paid Personal Time. Mayor de Blasio proposed that New York City become the first city in the nation to mandate Paid Personal Time for workers. More than 500,000 full- and part-time employees in New York City currently have no paid time off. The Mayor will pursue local legislation that would require private employers with five or more employees to offer 10 annual days of Paid Personal Time, allowing employees to take paid time off for any purpose, including vacation, religious observances, bereavement and time with family. Read 01/09/19 press release.

UPDATE Mayor de Blasio, First Lady McCray, Public Advocate Williams and Activist Gloria Steinem Rally for New Paid Personal Time Legislation Benefitting Nearly 1 Million New Yorkers. Read 05/28/19 press release.

UPDATE First Lady, Public Advocate Rally With Workers to Call for Passage of Paid Personal Time. Read 09/09/19 press release.

Workplace Complaints

DCA enforces workplace laws and may initiate investigations against a business in response to worker complaints. File a workplace complaint if you believe a business is not in compliance with any of the workplace laws mentioned above.