Department Of Consumer And Worker Protection Releases Annual Report On The State Of Workers In NYCSeptember 25, 2022
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga today announced the release of its annual “The State of Workers’ Rights in New York City” report.
The report outlines DCWP’s work during 2021 to protect New Yorkers who performed essential services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, raise labor standards through new policies, enforce worker protection laws, and educate businesses and workers alike.
“As New York City continues to prioritize an equitable recovery, it’s important to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of the past year,” said DCWP Commissioner Vilda Vera Mayuga. “Throughout 2021, DCWP went above and beyond to protect workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and raise labor standards for workers across different industries, including food delivery, domestic and fast food workers. I look forward to continuing our ongoing commitment to creating a strong and vibrant city for workers, consumers and businesses.”
Key takeaways from the report include:
- DCWP’s ongoing response to COVID-19. In year two of the pandemic, DCWP continued to enforce one of the most important public health policies to fight the spread of COVID-19: paid sick leave, as well as reopening policies.
- DCWP helped workers with return-to-work questions and complaints via the Worker Protection Hotline, connected workers with information and referrals on critical state-level laws such as emergency sick leave, wage and hour rights, and unemployment insurance benefits.
- DCWP partnered with NYC Test & Treat Corps and NYC Health Department to share worker rights resources at testing locations and vaccination sites, targeting education and outreach in 16 communities with high COVID-19 death rates and a high incidence of sick leave complaints, and developed COVID-19 and Paid Sick Leave, a plain language overview of federal, state, and City laws translated into 13 languages.
- DCWP launched a new public awareness campaign to raise awareness of NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law and new rights that took effect in 2021, among them an increase in the minimum amount of leave to 56 hours for many employees and equal protections for domestic workers.
- DCWP continued to participate in a multiagency effort within City government to enforce worker safety and vaccination requirements, prioritizing education and compliance. DCWP participated in approximately 11,000 inspections for health and safety compliance in 2021.
- New polices to strengthen workers’ rights. The need to create and expand upon strong labor protections has only increased during the pandemic, and DCWP played a crucial role in multiple groundbreaking local labor laws.
- The City passed legislation to regulate the online third-party food delivery service industry, giving workers who do restaurant deliveries for an app new and important protections.
- DCWP implemented “Just Cause” legislation under the Fair Workweek Law,which…