DCA eNewsletter: July 2017

By Newsroom America Feeds at 31 Jul 2017

Newsletter - DCA



DCA Protects Travelers
Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced the results of our enforcement sweep of every airline luggage scale used at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to protect travelers from luggage overcharges. We inspected 754 scales and found 98 percent were accurate, so travelers can rest assured that when they leave NYC airports, they will not be overcharged for luggage because of inaccurate scales. However, if you do encounter a faulty scale, you can file a complaint online.

DCA Helps Small Businesses
During City Hall In Your Borough: Queens Week, July 17 to 22, we held a number of events to help businesses comply with laws so that they can grow and thrive. We hosted a Town Hall for Immigrant Small Business Owners at Elmhurst Hospital, in conjunction with multiple sister City agencies to provide business owners with resources that can help their business open, operate, and grow. The National Employment Law Project (NELP) and National Immigration Law Center (NILC) also debuted their guide about how business owners can prepare for and respond to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that approach their business. We teamed up with Council Member Costa Constantindes for a Business Education Day in Astoria. We went door-to-door to speak with local businesses about key consumer protection, licensing, and workplace laws. We also distributed inspection checklists for store owners to know what our inspectors look for in their industry. Commissioner Salas announced the start of the VIP, or the Visiting Inspector Program, where NYC businesses that receive new licenses can schedule a violation-free educational inspection within 3 months of receiving their new license. Read FAQs for VIP.

DCA Protects Used Car Buyers
On July 20, Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced that half of our licensed used car dealerships were given at least one violation during our enforcement sweep. The violations ranged from failing to not properly display prices for automobiles to failing to properly disclose the dealership's duty to certify the safe condition of every car. Over the past year, DCA secured more than $350,000 in consumer restitution, and assessed more than $277,000 in fines against used car dealerships. We continue to educate New Yorkers about predatory practices and urge prospective buyers to read our online guide to Getting Your Finances in Gear to Buy a Used Car, which is available in 8 languages.

DCA Helps Workers
Our Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) is a dedicated voice in City government that protects and promotes labor standards and policies that create a fair workplace. We want to ensure that all workers know their rights such as paid sick leave, commuter benefits and other workplace laws, regardless of their immigration status. Learn more about OLPS by reading our brochure, which is available in 12 languages.

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