In an effort to help enforce the state mandates put in place to limit the spread of coronavirus, people can now report non-essential gatherings or essential businesses in violation of state regulations.
The Department of Labor says a complaint can be filed against an employer for the following reasons:
- You are being forced to work at a non-essential business
- You know about a business that is non-essential and is operating
- You are being forced to work for an essential business, however:
- You do not perform an essential function
- Your employer is making you report to a worksite when your job could be performed from home
- Your employer is not following health and safety mandates
- You are particularly frightened because you are over 70 and/or you have an underlying illness.
- Your employer has failed to pay you wages owed for hours worked, earned sick pay or paid time off
- Your employer has threatened or fired you for reasons related to COVID-19
- You qualify for COVID-19 paid sick leave and your employer refuses to pay it
- Your employer is forcing you to work when you are sick
To file a complaint, visit: labor.ny.gov.
To fill out the New York State COVID-19 ‘New York on PAUSE’ Enforcement Task Force Violation Complaint Form, visit: coronavirus.health.ny.gov.
The state asks that people review guidance on the recent executive orders before filing a complaint. For more information on what is considered an essential business, visit: esd.ny.gov.