New Domestic Worker Bill of Rights Obligations Announced in NYC

A new New York City Law requires domestic worker employers in New York City to provide and post a domestic worker “rights poster” by July 1, 2024.  The workers’ bill of rights poster, which is now live on the City’s website, contains information on workers’ rights and protections under federal, state, and local laws that apply to all workers in New York City, regardless of immigration status.  Beginning July 1, 2024, New York City employers must provide copies of the workers’ bill of rights to all employees, and to new employees upon hire. Employers must also post the workers’ bill of rights in in the workplace and on the employer’s intranet and mobile application, if applicable.

Employers must post and distribute this notice in English as well as any language spoken as a primary language by at least five percent of the employer’s workforce, if the notice is available in that language. Currently, the workers’ bill of rights is available for translation in 133 languages.

First violations of Local Law 161 will be granted a 30-day grace period to cure, and subsequent violations are subject to a $500 civil penalty.

New York City employers should take steps to comply with the notice and posting requirements of Local Law 161 by the July 1, 2024 deadline. Employers should also review the workers’ bill of rights to ensure ongoing compliance with all legal obligations and protections listed on the notice.