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
New Amendments to NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law Will Take Effect in 2 Phases
(DCWP is in the process of updating and translating materials. Please continue to monitor nyc.gov/workers.)
Effective September 30, 2020, employers must:
- provide domestic workers with 40 hours of paid safe and sick leave;
- allow employees to use safe and sick leave as it is accrued;
- reimburse employees who must pay for required documentation after three consecutive workdays of leave;
- list on employees’ paystubs (or any document issued each pay period) the amounts of accrued and used leave and the total balance of accrued leave.
Note: For this requirement only, employers that could not operationalize the documentation requirement by September 30, 2020 but are working in good faith on implementation will have up to November 30, 2020 to ensure compliance without a penalty.
Effective January 1, 2021:
- Employers with 100 or more employees must provide up to 56 hours of paid leave.
- Employers with four or fewer employees and a net income of $1 million or more must provide PAID leave.
*Important Updates Due to COVID-19*
NEW! Returning to Work During COVID-19: Important Information for Domestic Workers and Their Employers
. Created by the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP), this publication is intended to provide important health and safety information for domestic workers and their employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Download the publication in: English
(PDF, November 10, 2020)Note: Additional languages coming soon
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.
Starbucks to Pay Restitution to Affected Workers
Per settlement with Starbucks
for violating NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law, Starbucks must pay restitution to affected workers. Covered employees worked 80 hours or more at Starbucks stores in New York City between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016 AND were required to find a replacement in order to use sick leave AND/OR were disciplined for not finding a replacement to use sick leave. The deadline to submit claim is Wednesday, August 26, 2020
but if a covered employee did not receive a personalized notice through no fault of their own, they can file until November 24, 2020.
• Submit a claim online at starbucksaodclaim.com
• Download fillable claim form
and submit it via email at info@StarbucksAODClaim.com
or mail it to Starbucks AOD Administrator, 1650 Arch Street, Suite 2210 Philadelphia, PA 19103.
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:
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
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
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.