If you work in NYC, you have rights regardless of immigration status, national origin, or country of origin.
Rights Enforced by DCWP
Paid Safe and Sick Leave
If you work for a private employer, including as a domestic worker, you can get up to 40 or 56 hours of leave a year to care for yourself or family. Use leave for:
Fast Food Worker Rights
If you work in fast food, you must get:
Retail Worker Rights
If you work in retail, you must get your weekly work schedule 72 hours before the first shift.
Your employer cannot make last-minute changes.
Food Delivery Worker Rights
If you do restaurant deliveries for an app, apps must:
Freelance Worker Rights
If you are an independent contractor (freelancer) in NYC, you must get:
Additional Worker Rights
Learn more about additional key NYC workplace laws and rules enforced by DCWP.
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Rights Enforced by Other Agencies
Minimum Wage and Overtime
The minimum wage for NYC is $15 an hour.
For more information, visit New York State Department of Labor at dol.ny.gov.
Paid Family Leave
Your employer must provide eligible employees job-protected paid time off to:
For more information, visit New York State Paid Family Leave at paidfamilyleave.ny.gov.
Safe and Healthy Workplace
Your workplace must be free of known health and safety hazards. You also have the right to receive information and training about job hazards.
For more information, visit Occupational Safety and Health Administration at osha.gov.
City, state, and federal law prohibit discrimination on the basis of:
For more information, visit NYC Commission on Human Rights at nyc.gov/humanrights.
Right to Organize
You can join together with your coworkers to improve your working conditions, including organizing a union. Employers cannot take action against you for organizing or talking with your coworkers about working conditions.
For more information, visit National Labor Relations Board at nlrb.gov.
Note: DCWP is currently in the process of updating our Workers' Bill of Rights Booklets, Audio Files, and Animation. Please continue to monitor this page for updates.
Download Workers' Bill of Rights (06/2018) in:
Listen to Workers' Bill of Rights in (09/2019):