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*

UPDATED! COVID-19 and Paid Sick Leave. Workers who have COVID-19 or were in contact with someone with COVID-19 can get sick leave (time off) regardless of immigration status. State and local laws let workers take time off to care for themselves or a family member.

SPECIAL LEAVE FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE. Workers get additional leave under CITY law to get their kids vaccinated. Workers get 4 additional hours of sick leave for EACH child; and EACH vaccine injection.

Employers cannot mistreat or punish workers for using or asking for sick leave. Download a summary of the paid sick leave laws in English (PDF, June 2022).

Other Languages (PDF, June 2021): Español (Spanish) | shqip (Albanian) | العربية (Arabic) | বাংলা (Bengali) | 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified) | 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional) | Français (French) | Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) | हिन्दी (Hindi) | 한국어 (Korean) | Język Polski (Polish) | Русский (Russian) | ردو (Urdu)
Note: Update to PDFs in other languages coming soon.

UPDATED! 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 (PDF, June 18, 2021)
Other Languages (PDF, March 21, 2020): 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: Update to PDFs in other languages coming soon.

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

Know Your Worker Rights

Get an overview of the worker protections available to you, including Paid Safe and Sick Leave.

Workplace Protections for Specific Workers

Learn about workplace protections for specific workers including:

Additional Workplace Laws

Learn about workplace laws designed to improve working conditions:

Workplace Complaints

DCWP 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.