Nightlife Employee Resources and Education

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Nightlife Worker Resources

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 and more.


Workplace Rights and 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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Workplace Safety


Restaurant Worker Safety

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.

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Commercial Bicyclist Safety Course

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.

Learn more about the Commercial Cyclist Safety


Stop Sexual Harassment

Recently, the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act mandated new posting and training requirements to help prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Employers with 15 or more employees must ensure that their staff have received annual anti-sexual harassment training. The NYC Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) has launched an anti-sexual harassment online training that employers can use to meet this requirement.

Learn more about the NYC Human Rights Law



Career Development & Job Training


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The Freelancers Hub

Freelancers Hub is currently a virtual community space designed to help New York City's freelancers thrive! Join us for free educational workshops, legal and financial clinics, benefits assistance, and community events.

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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.

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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 Food Protection Course is available in person in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Korean. This course is also available for free online

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This website is a new resource for the nightlife community and industry. We will be making regular updates and additions. We welcome suggestions, corrections and ideas. Let us know at: