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NYC Workers’ Bill of Rights Model Language is Now Available 

As we previously reported, starting July 1, 2024, employers in New York City (NYC) have a new responsibility to provide employees with comprehensive information about the Workers’ Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights emphasizes the right to organize a union and ensures all workers, regardless of immigration status understand their workplace rights.  

On March 1, 2024, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) released the model Workers’ Bill of Rights language for employers to utilize. The notice should be provided in English and in any language that is the primary spoken language of at least five percent of the employer’s employees if the DCWP commissioner has made the information available in that language. 

Failure to provide and post the Bill of Rights may lead to a civil penalty. Employers will receive a warning for the first violation and could face penalties of $500 for subsequent violations. 

Next Steps 

By July 1st, covered employers must provide a copy of the Worker’s Bill of Rights to all current employees. After July 1st, a copy of the notice must be provided to all new hires on their first day. Additionally, the notice must be prominently displayed within your workplace, and if you utilize online platforms or mobile applications to communicate with your employees, the Bill of Rights must also be published there. Employers with a remote workforce are encouraged to provide the notice to employees electronically. 

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