New York City recently enacted a law requiring businesses to provide a Workers’ Bill of Rights to employees. The Bill of Rights will be made available by March 1, 2024.
The Bill of Rights must be provided in English and any other language spoken as the primary language by at least 5% of the workforce, provided the City has published it in that language.
By July 1, 2024, employers must provide a copy to each of their current employees. New hires must receive it on their first day of employment. Employers are also required to post the Bill of Rights at the worksite in a visible and accessible area and on any website or mobile application used to regularly communicate with employees.
Employers who fail to provide or post the required Bill of Rights will face a $500 penalty, although first-time violators will have an opportunity to rectify their mistake.