Worker Rights

Four photo collage of dcwp campaign ads featuring some of the workers that we protect including day laborer, freelancer, domestic worker and retail/food service worker

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.


Know Your Worker Rights

Get an overview of the worker protections available to you.


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.