FOIL gives the public the right to view and/or obtain certain government records. Instructions for requesting records from the Department of Labor are outlined below. Please consult the website of the Committee on Open Government for general information regarding the Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers Law Article 6) and the Personal Privacy Protection Law (Public Officers Law Article 6-A).
You may obtain general information about the Department of Labor and its programs by contacting it at the addresses and phone numbers listed on this website or by contacting the Department’s Communications Office. For a listing of records maintained by the Department, a Subject Matter List is available (if you do not see a list dated February 1, 2016, please clear your cache or refresh your browser window).
Note: Prior to requesting records, review the information outlined below detailing what your request should include.
Records can be requested in the following ways:
Mail requests should be addressed to:Records Access Officer
You may request Departmental records electronically by using this email form. Please note that electronic transmissions are not secure. This means that any information submitted with the request (including Social Security Number) is not protected and could be accessed by others. If you include confidential information with your request you do so at your own risk.
You may submit a request for records in person at our main offices located in Building 12, State Office Campus, Albany, New York. Upon entering the main entrance of the building, advise Security Staff that you would like to request records. Security Staff will contact Counsel’s Office, and a staff member will provide you with a records request form.
Please be advised that Department records are located throughout the state in local offices as well as in the Department’s main offices, and require review prior to disclosure. As a result, documents and records will not be immediately available.
Once the Department has informed you that the records you requested can be disclosed to you, you can request they be made available for personal inspection. You must call Counsel’s office at (518) 457-4380 in advance to advise the Records Access Officer you would like to inspect the records and to set up a date for inspection. Appointments for inspection must be scheduled Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.
Requests should include a general description of the subject matter of the request (e.g. wage underpayment, asbestos licensing, apprenticeship registration) along with as many specific details as possible to help identify and locate your requested records. For example, requests should include the following information, if it is available:
If you are requesting your own records under this category, you must submit a copy of your driver’s license or equivalent form of proof of identity with your request.
If you are requesting records pertaining to another individual, you must submit a notarized authorization signed by that individual allowing the New York State Department of Labor to release unredacted copies of that information to you.
The Department is obligated to make certain that unemployment insurance records are being released only to people who have a right to receive them because such records are confidential under both federal and state law. Electronic requests should not include your full SSN; instead, if you send an electronic request for records you should immediately follow up your electronic request with a fax or mail request containing the SSN and the additional information identified below. (Make certain to include identifying information with your fax or mail request so we can make certain to connect your fax or mail information with the correct electronic request.)
If you are requesting your own UI records, you must provide:
If you are requesting the UI records of someone other than yourself, you must provide the following:
Any person denied access to records may appeal within 30 days of a denial. Such appeals must be in writing and sent by mail to:
Commissioner of Labor
New York State Department of Labor
Harriman State Office Campus
Building 12, Room 500
Albany, NY 12240
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