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H-2A

View H-2A agricultural clearance orders. There are current agricultural jobs in:

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania

This list includes:

  • Dates of work
  • Location of job
  • The location(s) of housing
  • Description of the job duties
  • Wage rates

Farm Worker Rights

Displaced Homemakers

The Displaced Homemaker Program serves people who have been displaced from their careers as unpaid homemakers.

Services include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Counseling
  • Referral to community service agencies
  • Assertiveness training
  • Decision-making training
  • Assessment
  • Resume writing
  • Job search strategies
  • Job clubs

Federal Bonding Program

The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bond insurance coverage for businesses who hire high-risk jobseekers. This includes:

  • Ex-offenders
  • People with poor credit
  • Persons who lack a work history
  • Veterans with a dishonorable discharge
  • People with addictions in recovery
  • Economically disadvantaged youth

Federal Bonding Program Fact Sheet

To find out more, contact your Local New York State Career Center.

Persons with Disabilities

Policy Statement

The New York State Department of Labor provides seamless services and accessibility to all individuals in our Career Centers, including people with disabilities. It is the policy of the New York State Department of Labor and the State of New York to provide universal access and full participation in all of its programs, services and activities.

To read the NYSDOL Policy Statement on Discrimination against Individuals with Disabilities, click here.

Universal Access to Career Center Services

The Career Centers provide employment services to all job seekers, including those who have disabilities. Some of these services include career counseling, resume development, career workshops, computers/internet access, computer workshops, job search resources and placement assistance, career resource library, access to phone/fax/copier and short-term training for long-term careers(subject to funding availability and program regulations). The Career Centers can also provide connections to other community organizations and resources for additional services and supports.

You can use the Career Center Locator tool to find your nearest Career Center, www.labor.ny.gov/career-center-locator.

Disability Resource Coordinators

There are Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs) available in some of the Career Centers. The DRCs are funded by sources including the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) and the New York Employment Services System (NYESS).The Career Centers provide employment services to all job seekers, including those who have disabilities. Some of these services include career counseling, resume development, career workshops, computers/internet access, computer workshops, job search resources and placement assistance, career resource library, access to phone/fax/copier and short-term training for long-term careers(subject to funding availability and program regulations). The Career Centers can also provide connections to other community organizations and resources for additional services and supports.

Some examples of the assistance DRCs provide include:

  • Operating under an Employment Network to provide workforce development and employment services for job seekers under the Social Security Administration Ticket to Work Program
  • Providing free benefits counseling to Ticket to Work participants (most are credentialed Benefits and Work Incentives Advisors)
  • Developing and maintaining connections with other service organizations and agencies
  • Ensuring that job seekers with disabilities have access to all of the different programs and services they need to meet their employment and asset development goals
  • Assisting in maintaining and ensuring the accessibility of the Career Centers

For more information, or to locate a DRC near you, click here.

NYESS

The New York Employment Services System (NYESS) is a comprehensive employment system that provides New Yorkers – regardless of their (dis)Ability with a single point of access to employment services and related supports. In addition, NYESS is a statewide Administrative Employment Network (EN) whereby a Social Security beneficiary (ages18-64) can assign their Ticket to Work to NYESS and access employment services from a variety of providers, including many NYS Career Centers, throughout New York State that are participating in the NYESS Administrative Employment Network.

More information about NYESS is available on their Customer Information page.

ACCES-VR

ACCES-VR(formerly known as VESID) is a state agency that provides vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with disabilities, including training opportunities and job placement services. ACCES-VR partners with the New York State Department of Labor. More information about ACCES-VR services can be obtained at your local Career Center. To locate an ACCES-VR district office near you, visit http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/do/locations.htm or call 1-800-222-JOBS(5627).

NYS Commission for the Blind

The mission of the NYS Commission for the Blind is to enhance employability, to maximize independence, and to assist in the development of the capacities and strengths of people who are legally blind. For more information or to find a local office near you please call 1-866-871-3000 or TTY 1-866-371-6000. More information available on the website http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cb/about.asp.

Helpful Links

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

Overview

The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program is a federal entitlement program that assists U.S. workers who have lost or may lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. This program provides adversely affected workers with opportunities to obtain the skills, credentials, resources, and support necessary to become reemployed.
If you are eligible, the TAA program offers a variety of benefits and services to support you in your search for reemployment. This includes:

  • Job training
  • Income support (Trade Readjustment Allowances)
  • Job search and relocation allowances
  • Wage supplement for certain re-employed trade-affected workers 50 years of age and older (Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance)

TAA FAQ 2014

Local TAA Contacts

Getting Back to Work After a Trade-Related Layoff TAA Reversion 2014 Fact Sheet

Getting Back to Work After a Trade-Related Layoff TAA Extension Act of 2011 Fact Sheet

Trade Adjustment Assistance for Older Workers

Help for Trade-Affected Older Workers in New Careers

Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act

The WARN Act requires businesses to give early warning of closing and layoffs.

WARN Act Fact Sheet

Immigrant Workers

The Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs works inside and outside the Department of Labor to serve the needs of immigrants. We make sure our protections, services, and programs are available to everyone, including people with limited English proficiency.

DIPA Home Page

Language Access

Support Services and Health Insurance

NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace

NY State of Health is a new way for people to shop for, compare and enroll in health coverage. It is also the only place to get a new kind of financial assistance provided by the federal government to lower the cost of your health coverage. The Marketplace gives you an easy way to compare health insurance plans so you can choose the one that's right for your health needs and your budget.

In the Marketplace, you can apply for help to lower the cost of your health coverage. You may qualify for new tax credits to help pay for your monthly health insurance premiums. You may also be eligible for assistance to help pay for copays, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket costs. The Marketplace will also see if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid or Child Health Plus.

You can learn more and find a trained person who can help you enroll in your area at nystateofhealth.ny.gov or by calling 1-855-355-5777.

myBenefits

You may qualify for temporary assistance. Visit myBenefits.ny.gov from any computer with Internet access. You can do it from your home, the local library or a New York State Career Center. On the site, you can do a five-minute, confidential self-assessment of your income and family situation. The site then lists programs that may help you and tells you where and how to apply in your area. You may qualify for programs such as:

  • Food Stamps
  • Home energy assistance
  • Earned Income Tax Credits
  • Child and dependent care credits
  • Temporary Assistance
  • School lunch programs

2-1-1 and 3-1-1 Referrals to Local Community Resources

Every hour, someone in New York State needs essential services, but people often don't know where to turn. The United Way advises you to pick up the phone and dial 2-1-1 (or 3-1-1 in the New York City area) to get answers and help. Or, visit http://www.211ny.org/ or www.nyc.gov/311. Some of the many services include transportation, housing, social services, health and medicine.

Live in New York City?

ACCESS NYC is a free service that identifies and screens for over 30 City, State, and Federal human service benefit programs. You may use this service anonymously or you can create an account. Some ACCESS NYC programs require users to create an account.

Consumer Protection Services

Get free help from the Consumer Protection Board on:

  • Loan modification scams
  • Foreclosure counseling
  • Consumer rights when it comes to debt collectors and abusive debt collection practices
  • Connecting consumers with low-income programs that utilities offer
  • Resolving consumer complaints
  • New credit card reforms and how to avoid abusive credit card offers
  • Financial literacy, such as: credit vs. debt, choosing a credit card, how to read a credit report, payday loans, repossession of merchandise and rent to own
  • Call the hotline at (800) 697-1220

Housing and Urban Development

  • Have your finances changed due to a mortgage payment increase, loss of job, divorce, medical expenses, increase in taxes or other reason?
  • Can you manage your credit card debt?
  • Are you using your credit cards to buy groceries?
  • Is it harder to pay all your monthly bills on time?

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