The Solution


The Solution

Pass the Justice for Job Seekers bill: A.3702/S.3415.

The Justice for Job Seekers bill will:

Eliminate advance fees:

  • Agencies will no longer be able to charge low-wage workers (Class A; A-1) a fee before placing the worker in a job.

Strengthen Enforcement by Updating Penalties:

  • New York’s penalty for employment agency violations has not been updated since the 1970s. The bill will increase the penalty, bringing New York on par with other states like New Jersey, Illinois, Nevada, and Hawaii.[1]

Empower Workers:

  • The bill protects job seekers from retaliation for exposing wrongdoing at employment agencies.
  • The bill empowers job seekers by permitting workers to bring impactful civil actions against abusive agencies.
  • The bill will make a job seeker’s credible testimony the proper basis for determining how much is owed to the job seeker when the employment agency fails to maintain the required records.

Protect Workers Through Greater Transparency & New Requirements:

  • The bill requires employment agencies to give job seekers important information about potential jobs, including the hours of work per day, number of work days per week, the rate of pay, and the anticipated period of employment. This notice will be in English and in the job seeker’s language.
  • The bill requires employment agencies to notify applicants, in writing and in their primary language, that “an employment agency may not charge you, the job applicant, a fee before referring you to a job that you accept.”
  • The bill updates provisions governing inspections of agencies, clarifying what documents are subject to inspection and that inspections may be in-person.
  • The bill requires DCA and DOL to post information about applicants for agency licenses on their websites.
  • The bill requires agencies to submit copies of forms, contracts, statements of terms and conditions, and receipts that they will use when they apply for a license.
  • Applicants for an agency license will be subject to a criminal background check.
  • Agencies will be required to post their license number on all advertisements.

Help us end employment agency abuse and predatory practices. Call your state representative and ask them to support the Justice for Job Seekers bill, A.3702/S.3415.

[1] Penalties will increase from a $500 civil fine per violation to up to $1,000 for the first offense, and up to $5,000 for subsequent offenses. The misdemeanor fine for various violations will increase from up to$1,000 to a maximum of $2,500. The misdemeanor fine for other, more minor violations will increase from up to $100 to up to $500 per violation.