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Hospitality Worker Information

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New York City's diverse nightlife scene supports nearly 300,000 jobs in 25,000 establishments across the five boroughs. According to our recent Nightlife Economic Impact Study, jobs and wages in the nightlife sector are growing faster than the rest of the city's economy. Nightlife is a source of employment across many roles including; establishment managers, security, chefs and other food preparation roles, bartenders, hosts, service staff, DJs, entertainers, designers, musicians, performers and more.


Workplace Rights & Laws 

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, dedicated to protecting and promoting labor standards and policies that create fair workplaces to ensure all workers can realize their rights.

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Health & Saftey Information


COVID-19: What Workers Need to Know
There are requirements your employer must follow for the health and safety of all employees who returning to work during COVID-19.

Commercial Cyclist Safety
The commercial bicyclist safety course covers essential information about employer and bicyclist responsibilities for safe biking with all necessary equipment. All commercial bicyclists in New York City are required to review the course.

Restaurant Worker Safety
There are things that owners and managers can do to promote safety where they work and there are things that employees can do to protect themselves. Restaurants can be dangerous places for workers. Hot equipment and oil, sharp knives, heavy lifting, hot work areas, and slippery floors are common in restaurants. Fortunately, most of these injuries can be avoided.


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Career Development & Job Training

Alcohol Training Awareness Program
The Alcohol Training Awareness Program (ATAP) focuses on the legal responsibilities of selling alcohol and provides training in practical skills to help liquor licensees and their employees avoid violations, including preventing sales to underage persons. The NY State Liquor Authority recommends that all liquor licensees and employees who serve or sell alcoholic beverages participate in an Alcohol Training Awareness Program. These trainings are not only an effective way to prevent underage sales but, in the event the State Liquor Authority charges you with a violation, proof that your staff has participated in training may reduce the penalty imposed.


Food Protection Course
The Food Protection Course trains individuals in food protection practices to ensure the safety of the food served in New York City's food establishments. The NYC Health code requires that supervisors of food service establishments and non-retail food service establishments be certified in food protection. Completion of this course and passing of the final exam satisfies that requirement. The course is avalible for free online and is also available in person in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean.


Freelancers Hub
The Made in NY Media Center by IFP, which has been home to the Freelancers Hub in DUMBO, Brooklyn, created in partnership between the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, the Freelancers Union and the Independent Filmmakers Project in 2018, has made the difficult decision to permanently close its doors. The good news is that their work persists and is currently a virtual community space designed to help New York City's freelancers thrive! Join free educational workshops, legal and financial clinics, benefits assistance, and community events.


Music, Film/TV & Theater Initaitves and Resources
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) supports the key economic and creative sectors of film, TV, theater, music, advertising, publishing, and digital content.

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This website is a resource for the nightlife community and industry. We will be making regular updates and welcome suggestions, corrections and ideas: Contact the Office of Nightlife