DCA eNewsletter: September 2017

By Newsroom America Feeds at 29 Sep 2017

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DCA Protects Workers' Rights
DCA's Office of Labor Policy & Standards (OLPS) released a new report titled The State of Workers' Rights in New York City, which details emerging gaps in labor protections and offers policy solutions to these growing concerns. Accompanying the report is Working in NYC: Results from the 2017 Empire State Poll, a joint collaboration between OLPS and the Worker Institute at Cornell's ILR School to survey New Yorkers on a range of issues related to inequality, working conditions, and the role of city and local government in protecting immigrants and defending worker rights. Findings include that an overwhelming majority of New York City residents want the City to be more protective of workers (75 percent) and immigrants (82 percent) following November's election. Together, these materials provide critical insight into the growing need for OLPS to develop innovative policies that raise job standards and expand its educational resources to workers and employers alike. Learn more about OLPS' work at nyc.gov/dca.

DCA Secures Restitution for Victims of Predatory Used Car Financing
For the first time, DCA has secured restitution from a financial company—Credit Acceptance Corp—that provided loans to used car buyers. The financing company has agreed to reimburse $76,868.21 to 11 consumers affected by the predatory sales practices of several Brooklyn used car dealerships that DCA charged with deceptive and unlawful trade practices. The company also agreed to provide restitution to eligible consumers who file new complaints about USA 1 Auto Sales, Inc., Lenden Used Car Sales, Inc., D&A Guaranteed Auto Sales, Inc., and Linden Used Cars, Inc. before March 11, 2018. If you think you were a victim, file a complaint today. If you're shopping for a used car, get our guide online guide to Getting Your Finances in Gear to Buy a Used Car and our comprehensive Used Car Buyer Guide.

DCA Cracks Down on the Illegal Sale of Tobacco Products
This week DCA temporarily closed four Manhattan businesses for illegally selling tobacco products. After repeated violations of the law in the last year, including selling tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21, selling flavored tobacco products, selling loosies, selling under the price floor, and selling without a DCA license, these businesses will be closed for five days. This tobacco enforcement announcement is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's initiative to reduce the number of smokers in New York City by 160,000 over the next three years and his commitment to aggressively enforce the laws related to the sale of tobacco.

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