RECENT DCA NEWS:
DCA Educates Employers and Workers about Fair Workweek Laws
On November 26, 2017, NYC's Fair Workweek and Fast Food Deductions laws took effect, ending unfair and inconsistent scheduling practices in the fast food and retail industry and ensuring workers are able to make direct contributions to nonprofit organizations of their choice through their employer. DCA's Office of Labor Policy and Standards (OLPS) is educating both workers and employers about their rights and their obligations under these new laws with a launch of resources and a series of education days and trainings. Read press release. If you're a fast food or retail worker, know your rights. If you're a fast food or retail employer, know your responsibilities.
DCA Helps Victims of Predatory Lending
DCA Commissioner Lorelei Salas announced settlement agreements with three financing companies— Credit Acceptance Corp., Clover Commercial Corp, and Westlake Financial Services— that financed subprime auto loans as high as 24.9 percent through a group of Brooklyn used car dealerships; in total, DCA secured more than $300,000 in restitution for 50 consumers. DCA encourages all consumers who were harmed by USA1 Auto Sales, Inc., Lenden Used Car Sales, Inc., D&A Guaranteed Auto Sales, Inc., and Linden Used Cars, Inc. to file a complaint before March 11, 2018 so that they can potentially be included in the settlements and receive restitution. DCA will continue to hold dealerships and financing companies accountable in an effort to protect innocent New Yorkers from purchasing unusable cars and loans that place excessive financial burdens on themselves and their family members.
DCA Launches Online Scheduling for NYC Financial Empowerment Centers
DCA's Financial Empowerment Centers provide free, one-on-one financial counseling for New Yorkers. Since 2009, our counselors have helped more than 46,000 clients reduce over $54.3 million in debt and increase their savings by $4.3 million. With more than 20 Centers in all five boroughs and counselors who speak multiple languages, find a Center near you and schedule an appointment online to start achieving financial health!
DCA Protects Consumers
The holiday shopping season is in full swing and DCA wants to make consumers aware of their rights—including gift card protections, help them spend wisely, and protect them from scams. We encourage everyone to follow our Holiday Shopping tips to protect themselves and ensure the holiday season is a time of joy and not frustration, or lost identity or money.
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