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Worker Protection

Employment Laws/Labor Standards

The Division of Labor Standards enforces various New York State statutes protecting the wages and working conditions of workers in private sector employment.  Labor Standards is often referred to by people as “the Labor Board” because the Division enforces the Labor laws that affect them the most, such as minimum wage, hours of work, child labor, employment certificates (also referred to as Working Papers), child performers, payment of wages and wage supplements, industrial homework, apparel industry registration and farm laborLearn more about Labor Standards, the laws they enforce and how they can be of service to you whether you are an employee or an employer.

Prevailing Wage/Public Work

The Bureau of Public Work monitors the wages, benefits and work hours of employees on public work contracts.  It also provides information and requirements regarding public work contracts to employers and other government agencies.  Public work contracts generally apply to the construction, repair or renovation of government or public facilities, including but not limited to, buildings, bridges and roadways.

Safety and Health

Workplace Safety begins with you. The goal of the Division of Safety and Health (DOSH) is to help our citizens stay safe at work by providing guidance through:

  • Regulations
  • Training and consulting
  • Evaluations and enforcement


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