Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nepal

This post was originally featured on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months based on the conditions resulting from the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks. As … Read more Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nepal

10 Things Every Consumer Should Know

The Department of Consumer Affairs All consumers should know the ten following tips:

1. Check a business’ license status and complaint history.

2. Look for refund policies and credit card limitations, which stores must post.

3. Look for prices, which stores must post for goods and services.

4. Ask for and keep receipts. 

5. Beware of false advertising and scams.

6. Look for a DCA seal on scales, gas pumps, and home heating oil delivery trucks, which shows they passed inspection.

7. Protect your identity. 

8. Research, negotiate, and review contracts carefully.

9. Tackle your debt and take control of your finances.

10. File a complaint if you’ve had a problem the business won’t resolve.

Ten Things Every Consumer Should Know: PDF

Rights of Tenants in NYC

This information was originally posted on NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Rent regulation laws expired, but State Legislators agree to a five day extension. Here’s what you need to know. The rights of tenants in NYC. A key part of the State’s rent regulation laws were allowed to expire at midnight on June … Read more Rights of Tenants in NYC

Paid Sick Leave New York Overview

NYC Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Julie Menin gives an overview of paid sick leave law in New York. The Paid Sick Leave law began on April 1, 2014. Under this law many New Yorkers will be able to benefit and continue working without fear of losing their employment. 

What you should know about paid sick leave in English and Spanish.

Below are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Paid Sick Leave New York via NYCDCA.

Which employers must provide sick leave?
Employers with five or more employees who are employed for hire more than 80 hours a calendar year in New York City must provide paid sick leave.

Employers with fewer than five employees must provide unpaid sick leave. Employers with one or more domestic workers who have worked for the employer for at least a year and who work more than 80 hours a calendar year must provide paid sick leave.

Which employees are covered by the law?
Most employees who work more than 80 hours a calendar year in New York City are covered by the law. The law covers:

  • Full-time employees
  • Part-time employees
  • Temporary employees
  • Per diem and “on call” employees
  • Transitional jobs program employees
  • Undocumented employees
  • Employees who are family members but not owners
  • Employees who live outside of New York City but work in New York City


If some employees don’t live in New York City, do they count toward the number of employees?
Yes. The law applies to employees employed for hire within the City of New York for more than 80 hours a calendar year. It does not matter where the employee lives.