New York State Department of Labor
W.A. Harriman Campus,
Albany, NY 12240
The mission of the New York State Department of Labor is to protect workers, assist the unemployed and connect job seekers to jobs, according to its website. They work to ensure a fair wage for all workers, protect the safety and health of workers and the public, help the unemployed via temporary payments (unemployment insurance), link job seekers with employers, and guide workers to training. Its regulations are compiled in title 12 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.
According to an audit released in June 2014 by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the Department of Labor does not complete many of its wage theft investigations in a timely manner. As of late August 2013, the DOL had more than 17000 open cases, consisting of about 9300 active investigations and more than 7800 cases pending payment, and of these almost 13000, or 75%, were at least one year old from initial claim date. In 2013, the DOL had 142 employees statewide, including 85-90 investigators, handling the complaints.
In May 2015, acting labor commissioner Mario Musolino appointed a state wage board to investigate wages for fast food workers. In July, the board issued a report recommending a $15-an-hour minimum wage for fast food workers, and in September 2015 acting commissioner Musolino issued an order accepting the recommendations. Effective December 31, 2015, the department adopted amended codified regulations (12 NYCRR part 146) implementing the report and order.
In 2015, Roberta Reardon, a former AFL-CIO and SAG-AFTRA official, was nominated as the state labor commissioner. In 2009, M. Patricia Smith, who later became the Solicitor of Labor, was the labor commissioner. Frances Perkins, who later became the U.S. Secretary of Labor and the first female cabinet member, was the first labor commissioner.
- "About us". New York State Department of Labor.
- Labor Law § 10; "There shall continue to be in the state government a department of labor. The head of the department shall be the commissioner of labor. [...]"
- "DiNapoli: Labor Department Needs to Improve Wage Theft Investigations" (Press release). New York State Comptroller. June 6, 2014.
- Bencosme, Melanie (November 14, 2013). "14,000 Wage Theft Cases Pending in NYS". Voices of NY.
- McGeehan, Patrick (May 6, 2015). "Cuomo Moves to Raise Wages for New York Fast-Food Workers". The New York Times.
- "Governor Cuomo Instructs State Labor Department to Convene Wage Board to Investigate and Make Recommendations on Raising Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers" (Press release). New York State Department of Labor. May 7, 2015.
- McGeehan, Patrick (July 22, 2015). "New York Plans $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers". The New York Times.
- "Order of Acting Commissioner of Labor Mario J. Musolino on the Report and Recommendations of the Fast Food Wage Board" (Press release). New York State Department of Labor. September 10, 2015.
- "Fast Food Minimum Wage", New York State Register, Vol. XXXVII, Issue 42 (October 21, 2015), pp. 8-11, Rulemaking I.D. No. LAB-42-15-00003-P; Vol. XXXVII, Issue 51 (December 23, 2015), pp. 19, Rulemaking I.D. No. LAB-42-15-00003-A.
- "Cuomo names AFL-CIO official his new labor commissioner". Retrieved 2015-10-04.