DCWP eNewsletter: October 2021



DCWP Puts Southwest Airlines on Notice after Illegally Firing Worker for Using Sick Leave
Mayor Bill de Blasio and DCWP announced a settlement agreement with Southwest Airlines to resolve violations of the NYC Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law. The settlement requires Southwest to rehire a member of the ground crew who was unlawfully fired for using sick leave and pay him $15,903.60 in backpay and restitution. The City also put Southwest on notice to bring their sick leave policy into compliance with the City’s Law or risk further investigation. Any other Southwest ground crew worker who has been denied their leave should file a complaint with us, which can be done anonymously, at nyc.gov/workers.

Mother and daughter playing together at an NYC park. Child is wearing fairy wings.

DCWP Reminds New Yorkers That There are Two Weeks Left to Claim Child Tax Credit
Families who are eligible for the Child Tax Credit can get half of the fully refundable credit—worth up to $3,600 per child—as monthly payments in 2021 and the other half as a part of their refund in 2022. Families who have not received advance payments and were not required to file must sign up by November 15, 2021 to receive payment in 2021. To get payments, you must file a tax return even if you do not owe money. You can use GetCTC.org/nyc to sign up to receive payments or file your taxes with NYC Free Tax Prep at nyc.gov/TaxPrep and a volunteer preparer can help you can guide you on how to make sure you get your payments. Don’t miss the deadline—get your money in time for the holidays! For more information, including FAQs, visit nyc.gov/ChildTaxCredit.

Woman looking resources at DCWP's resource fair table.

DCWP Celebrates City Hall in Your Borough: Manhattan
As part of City Hall in Your Borough: Manhattan, DCWP attended and organized several events to help Manhattan residents understand City laws and get important resources for businesses, consumers, and workers. Some event highlights included:

  • On October 26, we teamed up with NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) and Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) to canvass at Cabrini Immigrant Service’s food pantry in the Lower East Side to educate New Yorkers about the Child Tax Credit and NYC Free Tax Prep.
  • On October 27, we did more Child Tax Credit canvassing at a NYC Free Tax Prep site in East Harlem.
  • On October 28, we joined other City agencies to share important city resources with New Yorkers at the City Hall in Your Borough Resource Fair.
  • On October 29, we visited fast food restaurants on 6th Avenue in Chelsea to educate employees about the Fair Workweek Law, including new just cause protections. Under the new law, fast food employers cannot fire or lay off workers, or reduce their hours by more than 15 percent without just cause or a legitimate economic reason.

Commissioner Peter A. Hatch receiving his flu shot

DCWP Encourages New Yorkers to Use Paid Sick Leave When Getting Flu Shot
Under NYC’s Paid Safe and Sick Leave Law, New Yorkers have the right to use sick leave to take time off to get the flu shot for themselves or a family member. Flu vaccines are safe, easy, available all over the city. Find a site near you at nyc.gov/flu. For more information about the law, including the new Notice of Employee Rights


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