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REMINDER: Employees in NYC Can Use Sick Leave Starting July 30
On July 30, more than a million workers will now be able to use the sick leave they have earned to care for themselves or a family member.

Read statement from Mayor de Blasio
Learn more about the Paid Sick Leave Law
Read the press release


DCA Launches Investigation to Protect Used Car Buyers from Illegal Sale of Unrepaired Recalled Cars
DCA Launches Investigation to Protect Used Car Buyers from Illegal Sale of Unrepaired Recalled Cars
To protect New Yorkers from potentially fatal defects, DCA is investigating the City’s used car dealerships to discover if they are selling unrepaired recalled cars. Dealers that sold such cars will be required to notify customers and make repairs immediately.
Learn more
Read New York Times article
Read press release and get tips
Download DCA’s Used Car Buyer Guide


City Announces “Small Business First” Initiative to Simplify Regulations and Reduce Fines
City Announces “Small Business First” Initiative to Simplify Regulations and Reduce Fines
DCA joins several City agencies in a new effort to help businesses avoid violations by simplifying rules, improving services to immigrant populations, and increasing transparency.
Read the press release
Visit DCA’s Business Toolbox for helpful resources


Commissioner Menin Announces Reforms to Reduce Fines and Expand Education and Outreach to Businesses
Commissioner Menin Announces Reforms to Reduce Fines and Expand Education and Outreach to Businesses
Commitment to Consumer Protection Remains Absolute
DCA has implemented nearly two dozen reforms to reduce the number and cost of business fines, increase transparency and fairness, and increase business education.
Read press release to learn more
Read Wall Street Journal article
Visit DCA’s Business Toolbox


DCA Protects Job Seekers from Predatory Employment Agencies

DCA Protects Job Seekers from Predatory Employment Agencies
DCA is cracking down on employment agencies in a more robust and comprehensive way than ever before. We’ve issued 115 subpoenas, conducted dozens of investigations and are working with advocates and elected officials in the State legislature to strengthen laws.
Read story on New York Post
Watch story on Good Morning America
Read Attorney General Schneiderman's press release on ending employment agency scams: English  Español (Spanish)
Watch DCA video “What You Should Know about Employment Agencies”: English  Español (Spanish)

File a complaint against an employment agency
Learn how DCA helped Evans with his complaint against an employment agency


Know the New Smoking Laws - Print Signs

Know the New Smoking Laws
  • Tobacco 21: Businesses cannot sell cigarettes, tobacco products, and electronic cigarettes to anyone under 21.
  • Sensible Tobacco Enforcement: Retailers cannot redeem discounts on tobacco products, and cigarette retail dealers must post the Age Restriction and NYC/NYS Tax Stamp signs.
Attend a training on the new laws

Businesses: Read the laws, FAQs, and DCA’s inspection checklists to help avoid violations


Important Reminder about Air Conditioning Law

Important Reminder about Air Conditioning Law
If your store is a chain store or has 4,000 square feet or more of retail space, you must keep your store doors closed while air conditioners or central cooling systems are on.
Learn more
Get energy saving tips


We've helped New Yorkers ...

We've helped New Yorkers ...
Tackle debt • Save for the future • Open a bank account • Improve credit
We can help you, too!
DCA’s public awareness campaign, "You Can...," features the success stories of real New Yorkers who got free one-on-one financial counseling at an NYC Financial Empowerment Center. Schedule an appointment today at one of the nearly 30 Centers in all five boroughs.

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OFE Partner Capital One to Stop Using ChexSystems, Removing a Barrier to Opening Bank Accounts for New Yorkers with Low Incomes

OFE Partner Capital One to Stop Using ChexSystems, Removing a Barrier to Opening Bank Accounts for New Yorkers with Low Incomes
Read statement by DCA Commissioner Menin
Read press release by Attorney General Schneiderman


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File a Complaint
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Quick Links for Businesses
 
Get inspection checklists
Pay fines
Visit Business Toolbox
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General Resources for New Yorkers
 
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