The mission of the New York State Department of Labor is to protect workers, assist the unemployed, and connect job seekers to jobs.
The Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs helps workers from other countries use the many programs and services of the Department of Labor. The staff can help you:
We also assist migrant and seasonal farm workers as well as agricultural employers. For help call 877-466-9757.
The Division of Labor Standards protects all workers, even if they are paid off the books or are not documented. We enforce the State Labor Law for:
The Bureau of Public Work administers the prevailing wage law. We:
This law says workers must earn the prevailing wage rate if they are employed:
The safety of New York's workforce is the Division of Safety & Health's number one priority. It offers safety and health information as well as assistance to employers and employees. It also issues licenses and certifications for a number of occupations.
The Division of Equal Opportunity Development develops and administers programs for affirmative action and equal employment opportunity. It ensures there is no discrimination in our programs, policies and practices.
Our Counsel's Office provides legal advice and counsel to our commissioner and our program units. The Administrative Adjudications Unit schedules hearings and provides resources for the Counsel's Office administrative proceedings.
If you are unemployed through no fault of your own, you may qualify for weekly benefit payments while you look for work. You can apply for unemployment benefits online or by calling 1-888-209-8124.
Our Labor Market Analysts provide data, facts and projections to help job seekers and businesses.
The Division of Employment & Workforce Solutions delivers services to job seekers and businesses statewide.
If you are a job seeker, we offer you resume help, career guidance, job placement and referrals. At New York State Career Centers, there are Resource Rooms where you can:
If you are a business owner, you can take advantage of many services to help you with your workforce needs. These free services can save you thousands of dollars each year and include, but are not limited to:
In apprenticeship programs, beginners learn a trade or skill from master level workers. They learn on the job and in the classroom. Available apprenticeship programs in New York State currently include more than 300 occupations in the building trades, manufacturing, and service occupations. We are responsible for approving all apprenticeship programs in New York State.
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