NYC Mayor Enacts Municipal Office Of Labor Standards
On November 30, 2015, NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio signed a bill establishing the New York City Office of Labor Standards. The Office will be led by a Director tasked with studying and making recommendations concerning worker education, safety and protection, educating employers on labor laws, creating public education campaigns regarding worker rights, and collecting and analyzing labor statistics.
The Office of Labor Standards is empowered to receive complaints relating to any of the laws it enforces, to conduct investigations, and to issue Orders imposing civil penalties on businesses that violate New York City’s labor standards. Employers may appeal Orders from the Office through an administrative hearing process through procedures that have yet to be established.
The Office will specifically be responsible for administering and enforcing the requirements of New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act, which requires most employers in New York City to provide paid sick time to their employees. The Earned Sick Time Act had previously been enforced by the City’s Department of Consumer Affairs and it is unclear how pending matters will be transitioned between the two agencies.
Our firm has experience dealing with compliance issues regarding the Earned Sick Time Act. If you receive a notice from the old or new agency regarding an alleged violation, please contact Chaim Book firstname.lastname@example.org.