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Breaking Down Barriers to Employment

Get tips and information about New York State resources that will help break down barriers to employment.
Your DOL Is Here
To Help You Get Back to Work

As New York State moves forward, high-demand workers are essential for businesses to reopen and the economy to get back on track. The DOL and partner agencies around the State understand that getting back to work is reliant on several factors that may make getting, and keeping, a job a challenge following the COVID-19 pandemic. To help break down the barriers to employment faced by workers around the country, employers and businesses alike are encouraged to refer to the following information and resources that can help address caregiving responsibilities, public transportation and commute needs, and workplace health and safety concerns.

Health & Safety
In the Workplace

New York State has enacted various measures to protect workers as New York moved forward from the effect of COVID-19. New York State adopted CDC guidance to keep workers safe and on the job. Employers are required to follow the state’s safe reopening regulations.

For Workers

New York State implemented programs that guarantee workers job protection and financial compensation in the event they, or their minor dependent child, are subject to a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation issued by the state of New York, the Department of Health, local board of health, or any government entity duly authorized to issue such order due to COVID-19.
Taking Care of Each Other
Child Care Resources

New York State understand the importance of accessible and affordable child care. The COVID pandemic only exacerbated the problems and inequities that already existed in our society, and as New York State continues to rebuild and recover, child care will play a critical role in getting New Yorkers back to work and reopening our economy. Utilize these resources to help find quality care near you.

Caregiver Resources

There are 4.1 million caregivers in New York State – many of whom are in the workforce and are struggling to balance caregiving responsibilities and work. The pandemic has further exposed the weight of taking on both employment and caregiving, as New Yorkers who had never been caretakers were thrust into the position of caring for their parents, grandparents, spouses, children, or friends. New York State has resources that can help.

NY Project Hope
Coping with Reopening

Helping New Yorkers understand their reactions and emotions during COVID-19. There is an emotional support helpline, educational materials, trusted referrals, and local provider agencies available, all dedicated to helping you manage and cope with changes brought on by COVID-19.
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