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The City’s current laundry licensing scheme dates back to the early 20th Century and certain activities are not properly regulated. This bill would allow the Department of Consumer Affairs to create a tiered licensing system that captures retail, industrial and laundry delivery services and establishes additional requirements for cleanliness and safety for these businesses.
Providing protections for displaced hotel service employees when an employer of a hospitality establishment, including restaurants and bars, transfers control or ownership of the entity to another person. The bill also provides for a COVID-19 recovery charge that food stores and retail establishments may charge to consumers.
Expanding the City’s data breach notification laws to align with State law by requiring City agencies that suffer a security breach involving the private information of persons to promptly disclose such information to affected persons and to the Office of Privacy Commissioner. The law would also make changes to the definitions of “personally identifiable information” and “public records” to ensure consistency with State law.
Requiring employers to provide notice to employees and job applicants regarding student loan forgiveness programs. The bill would require the Department of Consumer Affairs to prepare a template for this notice, and DCWP to make it available to City agencies for their use.
Prohibiting third-party food delivery service providers from charging a restaurant or food store establishment for telephone orders that did not result in a transaction during the call. The bill also makes other changes to existing law related to the licensing of these service providers.
Making a technical amendment to the New York City Charter to amend the name of the Department of Consumer Affairs to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, designate the Office of Labor Standards and the Division of Paid Care as offices within the Department, and update references to these and other offices and agency nomenclature.
This bill requires the Department of Consumer Affairs to seek restitution on behalf of New York City residents for violations of laws enforced by the Department, and to clarify its authority to do so. It also requires the Department of Consumer Affairs to notify restitution recipients of their right to contest DCWP’s decision in a court of appeals, and makes other changes to the City’s laws on restitution and administrative adjudication.