||RECENT DCWP NEWS:
Mayor de Blasio Signs Bill to Expand Paid Safe and Sick Leave
On September 28, Mayor de Blasio signed Intro 2032-2020, which amends the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave, into law. The law expands paid safe and sick leave to employees of small businesses with four or fewer employees and a net income of more than $1 million, as well as to employees at businesses with 100 or more employees with up to 56 hours of paid sick leave. It also brings domestic workers in line with other private sector workers by allowing them to accrue and use leave the same as other private sector workers. For information about the law, read Update about Workplace Laws During COVID-19 which provides an overview of local, state and federal sick leave laws. Learn more at nyc.gov/workers.
DCWP Announces New Debt Collection Rules
DCWP’s new rules to protect Limited English Proficiency (LEP) consumers from deceptive debt collection practices go into effect October 1, 2020. The new rules require debt collection agencies to:
- Inform consumers of any language access services available;
- Notify consumers about a glossary of commonly used debt collection terms;
- Request, record, and retain a record of each consumer’s language preference;
- Report a consumer’s language preference if they send the debt back to the creditor, sell the debt, or refer it to litigation; and
- Maintain a report of the number of accounts where they have tried to collect on a debt in a language other than English.
If you are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, you can request debt collection agencies to stop contacting you about your existing debt with a joint letter from the agency. New Yorkers struggling with debt can visit an NYC Financial Empowerment Center for free, one-on-one financial counseling. Book an appointment at nyc.gov/TalkMoney.
DCWP Files a Case Against Key Food
DCWP filed a case against a Key Food in the Bronx for illegally firing essential grocery workers during the pandemic. The lawsuit alleges multiple violations of the City’s Grocery Worker Retention Act, which requires new grocery store owners to keep previous employees for a 90-day transitional period. DCWP is seeking $198,240 in lost wages for the 21 workers who were fired—three times what they would have made if they had been retained—as well as approximately $12,069 in lost benefits. DCWP is also seeking $1,000 in fines from the former owner, and $15,750 in fines from the current owner. Workers can file a complaint by calling 311 or visiting nyc.gov/workers.
DCWP Encourages New Yorkers to Get Tested
All New Yorkers can now get a free COVID-19 test and the antibody test. It is safe, quick and confidential. Do it to protect your loved ones and yourself. Visit testandtrace.nyc or call 311 to find a testing site near you.