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New Bill of Rights unveiled for youth workers under 18

May 29, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATEWIDE — YOUTH WORKERS IN NEW YORK STATE now have a Bill of Rights to protect them on the job. Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday, May 29, unveiled this landmark program, which she first announced in her 2024 State of the State address as part of an effort to bolster protections for New York’s youngest workers. Governor Hochul tasked the New York State Department of Labor with developing and distributing the Youth Workers Bill of Rights in partnership with the New York State Education Department and creating a vital resource that details essential rights and protections for every youth worker. Written in clear and accessible language, the Youth Workers Bill of Rights seeks to educate first-time workers as they prepare to enter the labor market by explaining the rights all NY workers are entitled as well as the protections that are specific to workers under 18, including the right to the minimum wage; a safe and discrimination-free workplace; and the right to file a complaint without fear of retaliation. The Youth Workers Bill of Rights is available online at NYSDOL’s new Youth Worker Information Hub.

The Bill of Rights will be distributed to every young worker upon receiving their working papers and will be available in various formats, including a print pocket guide available in schools and NYSDOL Career Centers.

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