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Our Mission

The mission of the New York State Department of Labor is to protect workers, assist the unemployed and connect job seekers to jobs.

We vigorously enforce state Labor Laws to give businesses that obey the law an even break. We work aggressively to ensure a fair wage for all workers. We protect the safety and health of workers and the public. We help the unemployed via temporary payments (unemployment insurance). We link job seekers with employers. We guide workers to training that will keep New York strong in the world economy.

To accomplish this mission, our agency:

  • Enforces the State Labor Law for:
    • Minimum wage
    • Hours of work
    • Child labor
    • Payment of wages and wage supplements
    • Migrant farm labor
    • Conditions in the garment industry
  • Educates immigrant workers about their rights under the law and links them to groups that help them overcome employment barriers
  • Administers and enforces the prevailing wage law that applies to public construction projects and service jobs in public buildings
  • Protects employers, workers and the public from dangers at work and other health hazards
  • Administers the Unemployment Insurance program that gives weekly benefits to workers who are out of work through no fault of their own
  • Offers free services through our network of New York State Career Centers, including:
    • Resume help
    • Career guidance
    • Job placement
    • Apprenticeships
    • Referrals to training
  • Offers free, online access to job listings in the New York Job Bank
  • Helps young people plot their future through CareerZone, our online career planning tool
  • Helps businesses find qualified workers, save money with hiring tax credits, and get training grants to keep their staff and operation top-notch
  • Acts as New York State’s premier source of information about:
    • Workforce and industry data
    • Wages
    • Jobs in demand
    • Employment data
    • Unemployment statistics
    • Training

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