The New York City Employment Agency Laws poster helps inform individuals of what to look for before seeking help from an employment agency to find a job. The poster includes extracts from Article 11 of the General Business Law:
- Fees and refunds – individuals cannot be charged a fee unless the employment agency places him or her in a job. A refund can be requested if a fee was paid before accepting a job.
- Contracts, statements of terms and conditions, and receipts – individuals must receive a copy of the signed contract, a statement of terms and conditions that summarizes the contract, and a receipt each time a payment is made.
- Minimum wage – individuals must be referred only to jobs that are current and available and pay at least the minimum wage as set by New York State and federal law.
Employment agencies in New York City must hold a Department of Consumer Affairs license. Complaints can be made to the Department of Consumer Affairs.
All employment agencies in the City of New York must display the Employment Agency Laws Poster in the main reception or waiting area or where no reception or waiting area exists, the main entrance to the agency.
An employment agency is defined as: “any person who for a fee, procures or attempts to procure: (1) employment or engagements for persons seeking employment or engagements, or (2) employees for employers seeking the services of employees.”
All New York City employment agencies are also required to post the Job Hunter’s Bill of Rights Poster in the main reception or waiting area.