We did it!! NYS legislature passes Justice for Job Seekers bill

Dear Supporters,

On the last day of the NYS legislative session, the Justice for Job Seekers bill S.8102/A.10672 passed the Senate 44-17 and the Assembly 109-15. Once signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the bill will provide fair and meaningful protections to low-wage immigrant workers as they look for work in the state of New York. This is a huge win for our communities!

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Justice for Job Seekers has become a reality because of you! We thank Senator Jeffrey Klein and Assemblymember Francisco Moya for being our champions and for their relentless commitment to our communities and to this bill. This was a grassroots community effort  and we are very thankful for all of our community members that led this fight, to all of our coalition partners and to our allies for their support throughout this campaign (see full list below).

This transformative campaign was born from the experiences of NICE members who suffered at the hands of predatory and fraudulent employment agencies. Agencies that charged hundreds of dollars for job placements that never come through. After forming a worker committee to address this problem, NICE members began to educate immigrant workers on their rights as consumers and meet with decision-makers and other community groups to come up with a legislative solution. This led to the creation of the Justice for Job Seekers campaign.

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Memorandum of Support for

Justice for Job Seekers Bill

A.10672 & S.8102

New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) strongly supports and urges the adoption of A.10672/S.8102, legislation that will curb prevalent consumer fraud in the employment agency industry among low-wage workers by eliminating the advance fee exception and by strengthening enforcement.

NICE coordinates the Justice for Job Seekers Campaign that looks to protect job seekers through employment agency reform. The campaign was born out of the experiences of NICE's members with employment agencies that charge hundreds of dollars for job placements that never come through.

Employment agency abuse affects vulnerable job seekers throughout the entire state of New York. Over 400 licensed employment agencies exist in NYS, with the majority of them operating in the five boroughs, Long Island, and Westchester County. However, many more unlicensed agencies operate through the state in violation of state laws.

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