The current licensing scheme dates from the early 20th Century and certain activities are not properly regulated.
This bill would update the City’s laundry licensing law to better regulate the industry as it operates today.
Law Effective Date: May 15, 2017 This bill would establish and enhance protections for freelance workers.
Specifically: the right to written contract, the right to be paid timely and in full and the right to be free of retaliation.
This bill would also require the Office of Labor Standards (OLS) to receive complaints, create a navigation program, and to gather data and report on the effectiveness of the law.Additionally, this bill would require that the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) provide periodic reports to the Council with information regarding the number, type, source and result of complaints against providers.Rule Effective Date: July 24, 2017 In October 2016, the City Council passed Local Law 140 of 2016, which requires hiring parties to make timely payment to freelance workers for services performed pursuant to contract.The Division would conduct public outreach campaigns and informational clinics to inform paid care workers of their rights; collect and publish information useful for paid care workers; coordinate with governmental agencies, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders; and develop related policies and programs.An Advocate within the Division, among other responsibilities and working with Division staff, would develop an intake and referral system for paid care workers to submit labor- and employment law-related complaints and would notify appropriate agencies about potential systemic legal violations.