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Labor, Department of

Agency Web Site: https://www.labor.ny.gov/home/Link to External Website

Mission

The Department of Labor (DOL) connects job seekers to careers, assists the unemployed, partners with businesses to help them compete, and protects workers and the public. Specifically, DOL administers New York’s Unemployment Insurance, Workforce Development, and Worker Protection programs. It also enforces safety and health regulations in the public sector, State labor laws and Federal statutes related to working conditions, wages and hours, and laws related to public works. DOL is a primary advocate for job creation and economic growth through workforce development, and serves as the State’s principal source for labor market information, offering a variety of services designed to help businesses find workers, and people find jobs.

Organization and Staffing

DOL’s central office, located in Albany, is responsible for the Unemployment Insurance Telephone Claims Centers and 96 One-Stop Career Centers located throughout the State. In addition, DOL enforces child labor laws, fosters workplace health and safety, and ensures that employees are paid in accordance with provisions of the Labor Law through Statewide district offices staffed based upon geographic workload.

Budget Highlights

The FY 2019 Executive Budget recommends $3.6 billion for the Department, reflecting a decrease of $86 million from FY 2018, primarily due to reductions in estimated unemployment insurance claims as a result of improving economic conditions.

The FY 2019 Executive Budget recommends a workforce of 2,990 FTEs for DOL, unchanged from FY 2018.

Major actions in the FY 2019 Executive Budget include:

  • Establish Consolidated Funding Application: The FY 2019 Executive Budget establishes a new, $175 million Consolidated Funding Application for workforce investments through the Regional Economic Development Councils, targeted in emerging fields.
  • Expand the New York Youth Jobs Program: The FY 2019 Executive Budget expands the New York Youth Jobs Program by increasing the individual credit amounts by 50 percent.

For more information on this agency's budget recommendations located in the Executive Budget Briefing Book, click on the following link:

Program Highlights

Employment and Workforce Solutions

As the designated administrative entity overseeing the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I programs, DOL offers a comprehensive set of employment and reemployment services to employers and job seekers. DOL oversees a network of locally operated Career Centers, which provide a single point through which job seekers and businesses can access such services. These services include employment, reemployment, training and retraining services for workers, employers, job seekers, dislocated workers, youth and veterans. DOL also provides implementation and oversight of the National Apprenticeship Act, facilitating the development and registration of apprenticeship training programs.

Unemployment Insurance

Weekly income is provided to eligible workers who lose their job through no fault of their own to offset the loss of income while they seek employment. Quarterly payroll contributions are made by employers at a rate partially dependent on how frequently an employer's workers access the insurance benefits.

Worker Protection

The Labor Standards Division enforces the New York State Labor Law concerning the minimum wage, child labor, industrial homework, the apparel industry, domestic workers and seasonal farm labor. The Occupational Safety and Health Division protects private and public employees and the public from hazards arising from employment that are not covered by federal standards. Protections include issuing licenses and certifications for certain occupations, enforcing asbestos rules and regulations, inspecting specific industries' equipment, health and safety training for workers in the mining industry, performing mold inspections, and providing guidance to private employers to help them comply with federal safety and health standards. The Bureau of Public Work enforces the labor laws concerning prevailing wage and supplements related to worker protection statutes, including public construction and building service contracts involving state or local governmental entities and Wicks Law.

Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs

The Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs ensures that DOL is accessible to immigrant workers and responsive to their needs. The Division conducts outreach to community groups, legislators, non-governmental organizations, and employers and workers to inform them of available services. It also conducts analyses of DOL policies, procedures and materials to maintain accessibility for immigrants.

Research and Statistics

Economists and analysts provide data on the labor market including economic conditions, labor supply and wages. The division is also the lead agency in the New York State Data Center (NYSDC) Affiliate program, providing the most comprehensive economic and demographic data for New York State to the U.S. Census Bureau.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2018
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
Change From
FY 2018
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2019
State Operations 578,032,000 570,060,000 (7,972,000) 782,794,000
Aid To Localities 3,124,774,000 3,047,232,000 (77,542,000) 3,186,466,000
Total 3,702,806,000 3,617,292,000 (85,514,000) 3,969,260,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2018
Estimated FTEs
03/31/18
FY 2019
Estimated FTEs
03/31/19
FTE Change
Administration
General Fund 1 1 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 2,466 2,466 0
Internal Service Funds 16 16 0
Employment and Training
Special Revenue Funds - Other 42 42 0
Labor Standards
Special Revenue Funds - Other 140 140 0
Occupational Safety and Health
Special Revenue Funds - Other 325 325 0
Total 2,990 2,990 0

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
General Fund 287,000 287,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 500,432,000 492,460,000 (7,972,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 73,053,000 73,053,000 0
Internal Service Funds 4,260,000 4,260,000 0
Total 578,032,000 570,060,000 (7,972,000)

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Administration
General Fund 287,000 287,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 438,981,000 433,354,000 (5,627,000)
Internal Service Funds 4,260,000 4,260,000 0
Employment and Training
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 61,451,000 59,106,000 (2,345,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 4,573,000 4,573,000 0
Labor Standards
Special Revenue Funds - Other 32,141,000 32,141,000 0
Occupational Safety and Health
Special Revenue Funds - Other 36,339,000 36,339,000 0
Total 578,032,000 570,060,000 (7,972,000)

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 87,000 0 87,000 0
Total 87,000 0 87,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 200,000 0 200,000 0
Total 200,000 0 200,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 437,614,000 (5,627,000) 210,386,000 (6,599,000)
Employment and Training 63,679,000 (2,345,000) 20,479,000 (2,080,000)
Labor Standards 32,141,000 0 17,455,000 28,000
Occupational Safety and Health 36,339,000 0 15,684,000 (111,000)
Total 569,773,000 (7,972,000) 264,004,000 (8,762,000)
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2019 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service
Amount Change
Administration 227,228,000 972,000
Employment and Training 43,200,000 (265,000)
Labor Standards 14,686,000 (28,000)
Occupational Safety and Health 20,655,000 111,000
Total 305,769,000 790,000

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
General Fund 15,270,000 0 (15,270,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 209,085,000 196,813,000 (12,272,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 419,000 419,000 0
Enterprise Funds 2,900,000,000 2,850,000,000 (50,000,000)
Total 3,124,774,000 3,047,232,000 (77,542,000)

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2018
Recommended
FY 2019
Change
Administration
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 15,000,000 15,000,000 0
Employment and Training
General Fund 15,270,000 0 (15,270,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 167,585,000 155,313,000 (12,272,000)
Occupational Safety and Health
Special Revenue Funds - Other 419,000 419,000 0
Unemployment Insurance Benefit Fund
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 26,500,000 26,500,000 0
Enterprise Funds 2,900,000,000 2,850,000,000 (50,000,000)
Total 3,124,774,000 3,047,232,000 (77,542,000)

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/16/2018

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