NYSDOL's Office of the Business Advocate (OBA) was created in 2021 to assist businesses that are having difficulty resolving their issues with the Department. The OBA has an Ombudsman who will work within internal channels on behalf of businesses to help them resolve various issues.
How the OBA can help you
If you have trouble resolving an unemployment, tax, regulatory, or other issue with the New York State Department of Labor, and have exhausted all other administrative remedies, the Office of the Business Advocate can potentially step in to serve as an advocate for resolution.
What we do
The Office of the Business Advocate is here to assist businesses by:
- responding to all requests;
- listening to the problem and discussing the issue with you;
- ensuring that any support possible to address the issue is made available to you; and
- offering you NYSDOL training and education resources if applicable.
What we don’t do
- We cannot change New York State labor law to address individual situations.
- We cannot change time limits for filing, payment, or refunds.
- We cannot act as legal counsel for individual situations.
You can contact the Office of the Business Advocate for general information and unemployment, tax, regulatory, or other issues with the New York State Department of Labor.
- Phone: 518-457-2824
- Email: [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
If I have a problem/issue at with NYSDOL and I don’t know where to call, can I call the Office of the Business Advocate?
|Yes, you will be directed to the appropriate office to help you with your inquiry.|
If I receive a decision from NYSDOL that I don’t agree with, can the Business Advocacy Office change it?
No, the Office of the Business Advocate complies with existing labor laws and regulations.
|Can I file a complaint about NYSDOL with the Office of the Business Advocate?||Yes, you can inform Office of the Business Advocate of your complaint and they will forward your issue to the appropriate office.|
Can I request NYSDOL business resources from the Office of the Business Advocate?
|Yes, if the Office of the Business Advocate does not have the resources you need, they will direct your request to the appropriate office.|
What if my issue turns out to be with another NYS Agency, and not with the NYSDOL?
|Yes, the Office of the Business Advocate will help you to find and connect with the right person at the right Agency to help you find a resolution to your issue.|
What if I am not a business, will you still help me?
|Yes, the Office of the Business Advocate will help you find the help you need.|
What if I don’t speak English?
|The NYSDOL offers free, real-time interpreter services via 3-way phone calls upon request.|