What You Need to Know
July 2024
  • Due to weather damage, Rome Working Solutions (DOL's Rome career center) is temporarily closed as of 7/17/24. If you have an appointment or any questions, please call the Utica Career Center at 315-793-2229. Please stay tuned for more information. 
  • 2024 Small Business Tour: Coming to a town near you! Led by the DOL and NYS Empire State Development, the 2024 Small Business Tour is traversing the state to provide important information to small business owners on licensing, regulations, taxes, grants, training, and more. There’s still time to register for one of the remaining events, which run through July 25.
  • New Breast Milk Expression Law: As of June 19, businesses are required to provide 30 minutes of paid break time for employees to express breast milk. This mandate applies whenever employees have a reasonable need to express breast milk and extends up to three years following childbirth. Comprehensive information about employee rights and employer requirements on this topic are available on our dedicated resource page.
  • Youth Workers Bill of Rights: In an effort to bolster protections for New York’s youngest workers, the DOL developed the Youth Workers Bill of Rights. Written in clear and accessible language, the resource seeks to educate first time workers as they prepare to enter the labor market by explaining the rights all NY workers enjoy as well as the protections that are specific to workers under 18. The Bill of Rights will be distributed to every young worker upon receiving their working papers. It is also available as a pocket guide and downloadable poster.
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The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for the customers we serve and for our own staff. We recognize that each New Yorker who comes through our doors —whether brick and mortar or virtual—has different circumstances and we believe in accessibility to assure they have a clear pathway to learn about and utilize whatever services they need. We use data to help inform and drive outcomes to move the needle on DEI in NY. And, we work to create an environment where our own employees are empowered and diversity can thrive.

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