DCA eNewsletter: May 2017

By Newsroom America Feeds at 31 May 2017

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DCA Protects NYC Workers
May was workers' month and DCA's Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) is NYC's central resource for workers! On May 1, we joined Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Public Advocate Letitia James, and many NYC workers for the Rise Up New York! Immigrant Rights and Worker Rights rally in Foley Square. New York City stands against exploitative labor practices; we are committed to protecting all New Yorkers regardless of national origin, race, religion/creed, gender, and gender identity. On May 15, Mayor de Blasio announced that the Freelance Isn't Free Act, the first law of its kind in the country, took effect. The Law gives freelance workers the legal right to written contracts, timely payment, and freedom from retaliation. Learn more about rights and resources available to freelancers at nyc.gov/dca. On May 30, NYC had another historic first moment by becoming the largest city to end abusive scheduling practices in the fast food and retail industries. The "Fair Workweek" package of bills will ensure that predictable schedules and predictable paychecks for fast food and retail workers in New York City will be soon be rights, not privileges. OLPS enforces, implements, and works on the development of a new generation of minimum labor standards for a stronger city. We're proud to be implementing and/or enforcing a number of municipal workplace laws, including the Paid Sick Leave Law, Commuter Benefits Law, the City Living and Prevailing Wage Laws, the Grocery Workers Retention Act, the Paid Care Division, Freelance Isn't Free Act, and Fair Workweek. Learn more about OLPS as we work to lead the nation on advocacy around the importance of municipal workplace rights and protections.

DCA Protects New Yorkers from Predatory Used Car Dealers
We filed charges against multiple used car dealerships in Brooklyn, which are all under the same ownership, and their owners for engaging in deceptive and unlawful trade practices that preyed on New Yorkers. We are seeking nearly $1.2 million in fines and restitution ($600,000 in fines and $577,000 in restitution) for 75 consumers. In response to the growing auto lending crisis, we will also for the first time be seeking consumer restitution from the financing companies--Credit Acceptance Corp., Clover Commercial Corp, and Westlake Financial Services--that were involved in the subprime lending that saddled the dealerships' consumers with interest rates as high as 24 percent. If you're planning to buy a used car, read our Getting Your Finances in Gear to Buy a Used Car guide, available in 8 different languages. If you feel you were misled at a used car dealership, file a complaint online or call 311.

DCA and HPD Help New Yorkers Better Prepare Their Finances
We're thrilled to partner with Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to announce the launch of "Ready to Rent: Financial Counseling for Affordable Housing" program. Through a series of educational events and in-person sessions, provided by financial counseling provider Ariva and HPD's Housing Ambassadors, Ready to Rent will provide New York City residents with housing-specific financial counseling and assistance with the affordable housing application process. Resources for City residents with limited English proficiency will be provided including interpreters, printed materials in multiple languages, and multilingual staff. For more information on Housing Ambassadors and Ready to Rent events please visit HPD's website.

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